November will see Fresh Holistic Health take the initiative to focus on Men’s Health.
The statistics on Australian men’s health is increasingly alarming, our focus this month is to bring awareness to preventable illness and disease in our Aussie Males. We will be taking a closer look at these topics throughout the month and will look some practical preventative information to support men.
Studies have shown that Australian men are more likely than women to have serious health problems, and that they die in greater numbers from almost every non-sex-specific health problem.
Top 10 causes of premature male deaths
Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2008 shows that the leading health issues and causes of death among Australian men include, in order from first to last:
ISCHAEMIC HEART DISEASE
Lack of exercise, stress, smoking and an unhealthy diet can lead to high blood pressure and cholesterol, which may subsequently cause heart disease and heart attacks. Symptoms in men include central chest discomfort or pain which may spread to the neck, shoulder or jaw.
More than 7 000 Australians die of lung cancer each year and men are leading the way with 63 percent of deaths in 2008. Cigarette smoking is the major cause of lung cancer, and is responsible in about 90 percent of cases in Australia.
Strokes are one Australia’s biggest killers and are a leading cause of disability among men, according to the National stroke Foundation of Australia.In 2011 there were estimated 60 000 new and recurrent strokes. One in five people having a first-ever stroke die within one month while one in three die within a year.
CHRONIC LOWER RESPIRATORY DISEASES
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses are all grouped together under chronic lower respiratory disease. Smoking is the major cause of these illnesses, accounting for about 80 percent of them.
Each year in Australia close to 3 300 men die of prostate cancer and some 20 000 new cases are diagnosed every year, says the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. While it’s most common in men over the age of 50, younger men with a history of prostate cancer in their family are at greater risk.
COLON AND RECTAL CANCER
Men make up 54 percent of the 80 deaths that occur from bowel cancer in Australia every week. The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program estimates that it’s one of the most commonly occurring internal cancers and the second most common cause of cancer related death, after lung cancer.
DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
There are over 321 600 Australians living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. The disease usually occurs after age 65 but is also on the rise among people in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.
Approximately 1 million Australians have been diagnosed with diabetes. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes rises with age and is higher in men than in women. As a result, the disease was declared a national health priority by the Federal Government in 1997.
BLOOD AND LYMPH CANCER, INCLUDING LEUKAEMIA
Leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders can develop in anyone, of any age, at any time. Typically more Australian males are diagnosed with and die from leukaemias, lymphomas and myeloma than females.
It is one of the leading causes of death for Australian men aged below 44, with Lifeline estimating that Australian men are four times more likely to die by suicide than women, and men use more violent means to end their lives. Depression, relationship breakdowns, finances and alcohol are some of the causes.
If you or someone you know have any of the above health concerns please contact Fresh Holistic Health to book an appointment (07) 5445 2928 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for one of our friendly staff to contact you!
* Taken from Health365.com/articles/mens-health/top-ten-killers-of-Australian-men