9 out of 10 Children Prefer For Dad to Live Longer*

As we observe Men’s Health Week, let’s shine a spotlight on the significant health challenges men face and explore actionable steps to enhance their well-being. After all, kids everywhere want and need their dads to stick around for the long-haul.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading causes of death among men are heart disease and cancer. Other significant threats include injury, lung disease, stroke, and diabetes. Understanding these risks and taking preventive measures can lead to healthier and longer lives for men.

The State of Men’s Health

  1. Heart Disease and Cancer: These two conditions are the most prevalent causes of death among men. Both can be influenced by lifestyle choices and early detection through regular health screenings.
  2. Injury: Accidents and unintentional injuries rank high among men’s health issues, emphasizing the need for safety awareness and preventive measures in daily activities, such as seatbelts, helmets, and safe work conditions.
  3. Lung Disease: Conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer are significant concerns. Smoking cessation and avoiding environmental pollutants are vital steps in prevention.
  4. Stroke: Risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and regular medical check-ups are essential for reducing the risk.
  5. Diabetes: With rising obesity rates, diabetes has become more prevalent. Proper diet, regular exercise, and weight management are critical in preventing and managing diabetes.

Lifestyle Factors

Statistics from the CDC reveal that 41.6% of men aged 20 and older are obese, and only 28.3% of men aged 18 and older met the 2018 federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. These figures highlight the urgent need for lifestyle changes among men. According to the Mayo Clinic, many of the health issues men face can be prevented or managed with healthy lifestyle choices.

  • Healthy Diet: A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains can significantly reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Limiting processed foods, sugary drinks, and excessive red meat consumption is also beneficial.
  • Regular Physical Activity: Engaging in daily physical activities, including both aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises, helps maintain a healthy weight, reduces the risk of chronic diseases, and improves overall mental health.
  • Avoiding Risky Behaviors: Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and substance abuse are major risk factors for numerous health conditions. Quitting smoking, moderating alcohol intake, and avoiding illicit drugs or other risky behaviors can drastically improve health outcomes.
  • Managing Chronic Conditions: Conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol require regular monitoring and management. Medications, lifestyle modifications, and routine check-ups with healthcare providers are essential.
  • Health Screenings: Regular screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol levels, diabetes, and cancer can lead to early detection and more effective treatment. Men should follow their healthcare provider’s recommendations for screenings based on age and risk factors.

Take Action This Men’s Health Week

Dads, we encourage you to prioritize your health. Men’s Health Week is an great reminder to take proactive steps towards adopting a healthy diet, staying active, and getting regular health screenings.  These changes can significantly reduce your risk of the leading causes of death, benefitting yourself and also enhancing the well-being of your families and communities. Use this week as a catalyst for positive change toward a healthier future.  Your kids will thank you!


*This stat is entirely made up.  It’s probably 10 out of 10.