Wandsworth men urged to look after their health
Published: Thursday 7th June 18
Next week is Men’s Health Week, and Wandsworth men are urged to take all the free help on offer to keep them fit and well.
Men have worse health outcomes than women, visit their GP half as often, and are more likely to die prematurely. They are also more likely to be obese, smoke, die from cancer, or to commit suicide.
Men in Wandsworth are three times more likely to die as a consequence of diabetes than women. Eighty per cent of diabetes cases are preventable through regular exercise, watching your diet and keeping your weight down. Many men may not be aware that they are at risk of developing it. You can find out by using this simple online tool.
Wandsworth Council’s health and social care spokesman Councillor Paul Ellis said: “We refuse to accept that men should tolerate having poorer health than women. There are plenty of services out there, offered by us and others, and we’re keen to make men aware of them and to encourage them to use them.”
There is also plenty of support to quit smoking, cut down drinking and get more exercise. Visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/oneyou for advice and information about local services and to take a quick five-minute health quiz. You can also get a wide range of advice on men’s health, and ask questions, on the Men’s Health Forum.