Men’s Health – A Silent Crisis
On average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women, mostly from preventable diseases and unmanaged chronic illnesses. Stroke, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and accidents (the most common causes of death) kill men at a much higher rate than women – even more so for African-American men.
Hurley Men’s Health Initiative
Hurley Medical Center is determined to raise awareness of this silent health crisis and turn the tide by implementing an innovative Men’s Health Initiative designed to educate men and their families on the importance of men taking charge of their own health. Established in 2012, the Men’s Health Initiative consists of FREE physician seminars, health screenings, an annual men’s health expo held each June, and websites devoted solely to men’s health.
Your health is important because YOU are important.
At Hurley Medical Center, our goal is to help you live a healthier, longer and fuller life. Many people are counting on you: the woman or significant other in your life, your children, your parents and your friends. It’s time you need to take charge of your health – both your physical and mental health. It’s the most important thing you can do for everyone in your life.
You are at risk just by being male
- The male hormone testosterone is linked to higher levels of LDL, the ‘bad cholesterol,’ as well as lower levels of HDL, the ‘good cholesterol’
- Men have fewer infection-fighting Tcells and are thought to have weaker immune systems than women
- Men are 16 times as likely as women to be colorblind, and have hearing loss at twice the rate of women
- In general, men have been taught to ignore pain and often ignore health warning signs
- Men are less likely to have health insurance, more likely to work in dangerous occupations, and often do not seek medical care when they need it
National statistics reveal that:
- Men have a 50% chance of being diagnosed with cancer
- Men on average live 7 years less than women
- Men die from 9 of the top 10 causes of death at a higher rate than women
- 1 in 10 men in Flint have been diagnosed with diabetes
- 14% of men in Flint have been diagnosed with heart disease
- Only 60% of men have personal doctors, compared to 90% of women
Barriers to men being healthy
- Unfortunately, men resist seeking help for physical or psychological problems
- Men are less likely than women to switch to healthy behaviors
- As a result, men live 6 years less than women and face major health risks that can be prevented and treated if they are diagnosed early
Ask Me 3™
An easy-to-remember patient education program, Ask Me 3™ helps patients communicate effectively with doctors in order to improve their health outcomes. Every time you talk with a doctor, nurse or pharmacist, you should ask these three questions:
- What is my main problem?
- What do I need to do?
- Why is it important for me to do this?
Before you leave the doctor’s office, make sure you understand the answers to these 3 questions. Asking these questions can help you:
- take care of your health
- prepare for medical tests
- take your medicines the right way
We are with you every step of the way
No matter your age or ethnicity, Hurley Medical Center has programs to help you get going on the road to a healthier life. For information on specific conditions, click on the links below: