Men: Get to know your health
Published: Monday, June 10, 2019
This week is Men’s Health Week (10 to 16 June 2019), as well as Diabetes Awareness week, and the men of Wandsworth are invited to use free local services and online tools to find out how healthy they are and get support if they need it.
Men have worse health outcomes than women, are more likely to die prematurely and visit their GP half as often. They are more likely to die from cancer, be obese, smoke or to commit suicide.
One in ten men already has diabetes, with thousands more who either have it and are not aware, or are at serious risk. In Wandsworth, 55 per cent of men have Type 2 Diabetes compared to 45 per cent of women.
Together, by knowing our numbers, we can change these statistics. During the week, we'll be looking at the key numbers that men need to know about their own health. Men who want to check their own health can use the following online tools:
- Check your risk of type 2 diabetes using our simple online tool
- Find out how healthy your heart is by taking the Heart Age test
- Check your alcohol intake with the Wandsworth Drink Checker test
If you are aged 40 to 74 years old then you may be eligible for a free NHS health check. This will check your weight and waist measurements, cholesterol to help you cut your risk of heart and kidney disease, stroke and diabetes.
Visit the One You page to get links for help to eat better, sleep sounder, get moving, stress less, quit smoking and cut the amount you drink.
The council’s cabinet member for health Cllr Melanie Hampton said: “We know that men tend to have poorer health, and that they are less likely to seek help. We want men to start using the free online tools available to get to know their health and their risk of developing serious conditions such as diabetes. If they are at risk, the message to the borough’s men is that they don’t have to deal with it alone – there are loads of free services offering expert support and advice.”