It’s June. Let’s Talk About Men.

Lawn mowing, baseball, basketball finals, fishing openers, grilling, beer festivals, Father’s Day… seems like June is made for guys, right?

Maybe that’s why June is also Men’s Health Month – a worldwide campaign whose mission is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

Is men’s health a big enough issue to justify an entire month? Let’s look at the statistics:

  • In 1920, women lived, on average, one year longer than men. Today, men, on average, die almost FIVE years earlier than women.
  • 1 in 2 men get cancer in their lifetime. Women? 1 in 3.
  • Men lead women in nine of the top ten causes of death.
  • Women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men.
  • Men are 4 times more likely to die by suicide than women.

Yikes. Maybe this issue deserves more than just a month. Pretty alarming stuff.

Friday June 14 is Wear Blue Day! #WearBlue

Fertility Is an Important Aspect of a Man’s Overall Health

Research continues to find that a man’s sperm quality and fertility are closely related to his overall health.

Want some more stats? Here you go!

  • Obese men are 20% more likely to have a low sperm count.
  • Smokers are 54% more likely to be infertile than non-smokers.
  • Infertile men are significantly more likely to develop cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
  • The average sperm count has plummeted by over 50% since the early 1970’s.

Infertility is not a condition that strikes in old age. Infertility affects millions of young men and their partners every year and should be placed front and center in the global discussion around men’s health issues. Why? Because what better time to start adopting healthier living habits than at that exciting time when men are trying to become dads. Fertility = Overall Health

How You Can Participate in Men’s Health Month

Are you concerned about your health, or that of the men and boys in your life? June is a great time to take stock and take action. Here are ways to get involved all month long:

  • When was the last time you visited a doctor? If you’re like most of us (and it’s been a long time) now is a great time for an annual checkup.
  • Get up to speed with the checking and screening guidelines for men so that you can stay current with the recommended ages and frequencies for routine tests, and are prepared to talk about it with to your doctor.
  • If you don’t already, set a goal to get out and exercise for at least 30 minutes every day this month.
  • Do you have a vice that you know isn’t good for you? What if you tried kicking the habit this month? 30 days of healthier living can really make a difference in your overall well-being.
  • June 10-16 is Men’s Health Week (ends on Father’s Day every year).
  • June 14 is Wear Blue for Men’s Health Day. Does your workplace participate? If not, get it started!
  • Spread the love on social all month long with the hashtags #MensHealthMonth, #MensHealthWeek, #WearBlue, #ShowUsYourBlue

And like we said earlier, don’t overlook the importance of fertility for men’s overall health. Do you have plans to have kids, or know someone who may be starting their family someday soon? Trak is the best first step for men who want to become dads by enabling them to easily and privately test their sperm at home. Identifying and tackling fertility issues early is important for not only improving your chances of pregnancy, but for improving your health overall.