This year's theme is about keeping a healthy balance between mind and body in a busy world.

Men's health involves much more than prostate cancer and sporting injuries. The life expectancy gap between men an women is an indicator of the wider issues, men's average lifespan is currently 80 years and women are expected to reach 84 years. Men are more likely to die of lung cancer, cirrhosis and other liver diseases and ischaemic heart disease, men also die of suicide at a rate three times higher than women ( five men per day with current statistics).


Lifestyle and behaviour changes can reduce the prevalence and impact of the most common risk factors associated with the risk of diseases associated with premature death:

: tobacco smoking

: alcohol use

: high blood pressure

; a diet low in fruits and vegetables

: a diet high in salt

: high fasting blood sugar


Depression is very common in Australian men, men are more likely to use destructive behaviours in an attempt to deal with depression , such as alcohol abuse and drugs, which makes the symptoms worse. Men in Western Societies are less likely than women to take an active role in maintaining their health. They are also less likely to seek professional help for problems, particularly those of an emotional nature.

Beyondblue has an online checklist to get a handle on how an individual is travelling and get some suggestions on what to do next, the website also has practical tips on what to do in tough times and how to support your mates when they are going through tough times. There is also Dadvice for new dads who are finding things harder than expected and how to nail the dad thing on 2.3 hours sleep.


Unfortunately, despite their greater risks, men are less likely than women to visit their GP and when they do, it is for acute illnesses and injuries rather than a check-up.

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