Young men in Northumberland County may be taking greater risks to their health, a public health official said Friday.
Karen Taylor, a public health nurse with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, said young men are more likely to experiment with drugs, drink too much alcohol, not eat properly, smoke or vape and other behaviours not conducive to a healthy lifestyle. Young men are also more likely to suffer serious injuries from risky behaviours like speeding or participating in extreme sports or activities.
Older men tend to avoid visiting doctors, also not eat healthily, do not get regular exercise, smoke and overconsume alcohol, and generally do not look after themselves, she added.
This was all part of an interview about Movember, an international organization aimed at raising awareness around men’s physical and mental health. It raises money in November by challenging men to grow a moustache while gathering donations.
- 70 per cent of men’s health conditions/diseases care preventable
- 74 per cent of men are more likely to die from heart disease
- 57 per cent of men are more likely to die from diabetes
- 85 per cent of men are more likely to be affected by spinal cord injury
- 80 per cent of men are more likely to be successful in suicide attempts
- 29 per cent are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer
- 40 per cent more likely to die from cancer
- one in four men are more likely than women to visit a doctor in the next year
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