Top 5 Killers of Men Under 65!

Apr 17, 2024
5 mins
Lucy Brooks

It may be surprising to learn that 1-5 men die under the age of 65, and these deaths could have been prevented. Women, on average, tend to live 5 years longer than men. So why are our guys dying early?

There are a few contributing factors to this difference in early deaths by gender; however, one of the most significant factors is the culture around men and their Health. Even in 2024, when we know so much more about our Health and how to protect ourselves from disease, etc., men are still less proactive about their health than women. Us ladies are more likely to seek help with symptoms early, catching major diseases in the early stages, whereas most men will ignore symptoms until they become debilitating. By this time, things have gone too far, and treatment is either not successful, or there is no treatment as the disease is terminal, or death occurs with a disease undetected. If only they had gone to the doctors when something felt off. 

So why don’t guys talk about their Health?

  • It’s programmed in that BIG boys don’t cry from an early age.
  • Being ill or having a health problem is still considered a WEAKNESS.
  • It’s a BADGE of honour to SOLDIER on.
  • Fear of JUDGEMENT.
  • Men are less likely to TALK, visit the GP or ask for HELP.

So, what are the Five BIGGEST Killers of Men under 65………….!

  • Heart disease
  • Prostate cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Bowel cancer
  • Suicide 

Heart disease, prostate cancer, lung cancer and bowel cancer can be prevented and treated if detected early enough. Prevention is all about lifestyle and regular health checks. There are genetics and illnesses in the family, but if we look after our bodies and make minor changes, we can hedge our bets, and chances are we will live longer. 

Top tips - Lifestyle changes

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet. I’m not saying no treats, but everything should be in moderation.
  • Be more physically active. It’s not about smashing weights or running miles every day. Getting moving 30-60 minutes of brisk walking thrice a week will improve your health.
  • Keep to a healthy weight. This will be a by-product of points 1 & 2. Obesity is a significant factor in some cases of heart disease and some cancers.
  • Give up smoking, the most significant cause of lung cancer.
  • Reduce your alcohol consumption – No more than 14 units per week.
  • Keep your blood pressure under control. Reducing salt and caffeine intake is essential.
  • Good quality sleep - Adults need 7-8 hours every 24 hours.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Keep hydrated, so drink at least 2 litres of water daily.
  • GET TESTED - Go to the GP if you have concerns or just in case. 

Suicide in Men

In the UK, 74% of suicides are men. Though more women are treated for depression and mental health disorders. Suicide is the 2nd biggest killer of men aged 1-19 years. The highest risk age group is 45-64 years old. Unfortunately, 40% of men have never spoken to anyone about their feelings or emotions, even though it is considered that 75% are suffering from some sort of depression, stress, or anxiety.

Why are our guys not asking for help?

  • They feel like a burden.
  • They are dealing with it themselves.
  • They believe there is still a stigma about this sort of thing.
  • They are embarrassed.

So, the scary news is that men are dying too young, and these deaths could have been prevented with a few lifestyle changes, regular health checks and asking for help. We want our men to live longer, so let’s start talking about men’s health. Remember, it takes a courageous man to ask for help!

It is ok not to be ok! 

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