THE SHOCKING STATS ABOUT AUSSIE MEN
Now if your already feeling flat, or depressed the following facts and stats relating to us Aussie men will probably not cheer you up that much.
In fact you may well think why bother even caring if the news is so bad. To be honest, thats a pretty fair point.
However, better news is that by just knowing some basic information about mens health and wellbeing, knowing how to self assess your own health, and by seeing a GP atleast once a year you can dramatically improve the quility and worth of your life!
To defeat your enermy, you must know them.
-Awareness is Power -
average, men die six years earlier than women.
the first year of life, the death rate for boys is 35 per cent higher than
per cent of men in Australia are overweight, compared to one third of women.
are more likely to have heart disease and cancer.
twice as many men die of skin cancer than women.
people under 65 years of age, cigarette smoking causes around 40 per cent of
deaths in men, compared to 20 per cent of deaths in women.
are more likely to die, or be seriously injured as a result of road accidents,
falls, drowning, accidents at work, or violence. Men are also more likely to die
of alcohol abuse.
are three times more likely to commit suicide than women.
Men in Australia are:
265 per cent more likely to die from Pneumonia and influenza, than females
102 per cent more likely to die from Cerebrovascular disease, than wemon
98 per cent more likely to die from Respiratory disorders (such as bronchitis and emphysema)
74 per cent more likely to die as a result of Diabetes
55 per cent more likely to die of Lung cancer
54 per cent more likely to die of Ischaemic heart disease
Over 50% more likely to die from Malignant (cancerous) tumours
Over 50% more likely to die from Ischaemic heart disease
Atleast as likely to die of Cerebrovascular diseases (strokes etc), as females
More than double the amount of males die from Chronic lower respiratory diseases (lung problems)
More than double the amount of males die of accidents in Australia each year, compared to females
More than double the amount of males in Australia die in Motor Vehicle Traffic accidents, than females
Men are twices as likely to mental disorders, that are alcohol and drug related.
93% of deaths at work happen to men.
- One out of every six Australian men suffers from depression at any given
time. Teenagers and the elderly are particularly at risk.
- Male depression is associated with an increased risk of health disorders,
such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
- Life issues - such as the death of a spouse, separation, divorce and
unemployment - trigger serious depression in men more often than in women.
- Men are likely to resort to destructive behaviours in an attempt to deal with
- Depressed men are twice as likely as depressed women to abuse alcohol and
- The suicide rate for males aged between 15 and 24 years has tripled in the
past three decades.
Mens Health in Australia is largely determined by social factors such as
education status, employment and income.
Its a fact that men from low socioeconomic backgrounds make up one of the most "at risks" sub-groups in Australia.
The traditional "macho" attitude for men, especially in Australia, requires men to culturially and personally expect themselves to "be tough".
Part of this has involves acting invicsiable, not needing any support and never going to a doctor or health professional ever, unless it was for a manly reason eg: football injury, fight etc.
So beside from getting some decent bloody life insurance, all this indicates that Aussie men are constantly at risk of a range of physical, mental and life issues.
That's you, that's us, and thats our mates!
Make your own judgement on all this.
But remember you can reduce and minimise these factors through simple,
- Lifestyle choices decisions,
- Regular health/well being check-ups,
- Using available resources, supports and services,
- Gaining and applying health and wellbeing self awareness/knowledge,
- Redirected your attitude towards risk and your wellbeing, and
- Understanding when your most at risk.
Probably time for a health check-up, yeah? See our "DIY Mens Health/Wellbeing Checks" link at the top of the page, OR Better still take a sickie and go to your GP, and ask for a check up.
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