Men – know your numbers!

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This week, from 10th-16th June, is Men's Health Week. Men’s Health Week 2019 is all about knowing the numbers that can really make a difference to men's health.

The Men’s Health Forum has pulled out the key numbers – there are 7 they want all men to know and 5 statistics they want everyone working in health care to know:

7 numbers for men

  • 37 a waist size of 37 inches or above puts you at increased of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
  • 150 men should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.
  • 5 we should aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day.
  • 14 maximum 14 units of alcohol a week.
  • 10 cigarette smokers die 10 years younger on average than non-smokers.
  • 120/80 normal blood pressure.
  • 75 - 75% of suicides (3 out of 4) are by men. 

5 numbers for policy-makers and service providers

  • 1 man in 5 dies before the age of 65
  • 2 men in 5 die before the age of 75
  • 3 out of 4 suicides are by men

Men in unskilled work are 3 times more likely to take their own lives than men in senior management

The richest men live on average 10 years longer than the least well-off men.

At EEAST, we are very good at looking after other people but are you looking after yourself? Do you need to book in for a health check with your GP? Do you need to fit more exercise in? Do you need to cut down on alcohol? Do you need to talk to friends or family about how you are feeling? Why not use this Men’s Health Week to have a Man MOT and get to know your numbers.

Join in the conversation #menshealthweek #menshealthbynumbers

If you would like any advice or support, contact the Wellbeing Hub on 03456 089945 or email

Published 10th June 2019

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