We're men....we've lots to talk about

Men. Sure, we're usually a species of few words at the best of times. But hopefully this week, we'll have lots to talk about.

It's Men's Health Week and there's plenty happening to remind us hunter-gathers to talk about things for a change and get us outside our comfort zone. Which might sound radical but some recent research from Matt Sponheimer of the Anthropology Dept at the University of Colorado at Boulder suggests that two species of early cavemen didn't venture too far from the cave whereas female cavewomen of the same species did go far.

(You know us cavemen; we like the comfort of a good cave, lounging around on a comfy boulder, staring at a rock in the corner.) You can read more about the caveman diet on a previous post I wrote.

In reality, the health of men on the island is no joke. Thanks to the Men's Health Forum website, I now know that..

  • Local men die, on average, about five years younger than women do
  • Males have higher death rates than women for all of the leading causes of death
  • Poor lifestyles are responsible for a high proportion of chronic diseases and most worryingly...
  • Late presentation to health services leads to a large number of problems becoming untreatable

As reported in the Journal.ie earlier today, there's been an increase in male suicides linked to worsening economic conditions and rising unemployment.  

That's why for both physical and mental reasons, it's good for us men to start talking about our health. Don't put it off. Start this week. 

And if starting a conversation is tricky, why not ease yourself into it by trying the competition on the Men's Health Week Forum page or on the safefood Facebook page - it's a picture competition so perfect for us men; all it needs is a caption. Bang. Job done.

If you're interested on some more reading on the topic, why not check out the case study on a pilot health intervention with men that my colleagues Sinead & Marita worked on - very interesting stuff. And it's got trucks too. Cool.

Men. It's our health. We've got lots to talk about.

Grunt away buddy, I'm listening.


Posted: 13/06/2011 14:53:08 by Colman Kelly
Filed under: Health, Men, Obesity

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Colman Kelly
Hi, I’m Dermot Moriarty and I’m the communications manager for safefood. My background is in advertising & public relations and I work on our awareness campaigns, promotional activities and market research. I’m also an occasional blogger. In my spare time, I’m a fan of history books, sport and cooking (though not all at the same time) and am trying to get back into running. I live in Co. Dublin with my wife and two young boys who are growing up way too fast.