The Hairy Truth About Men's Health: Men's Health Statistics and How to Stay Healthy


Movember is an effort to increase awareness of health issues in men and encourages guys to receive life-saving screenings.

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Fast Facts About Men’s Health

  • One in two men will be diagnosed with cancer over their lifetime. 
  • Nearly 35 percent of men 20 years and older are obese, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). 
  • According to the CDC, more than a third of men suffer from high blood pressure. 

The top three causes of death in men: 

  1. Heart Disease 
  2. Cancer 
  3. Accidents (Unintentional Injuries)

Men’s Health vs. Women’s Health

According to the National Center for Health Statistics:
  • American men have poorer health and a higher risk of death compared to American women at every age. 
  • Men live an average of five years less than women. 
  • Men suffer and die from chronic illnesses more often than women. 
    • 1.3 times more likely to have cancer than women. 
    • 2.1 times more likely to die from liver disease. 
    • 2.7 times more likely to die from HIV/AIDS.

Preventative Premature Deaths

More than half of premature deaths in men are preventable; however, men are not receiving preventative screenings and regular physicals like they should. Men are 24 percent less likely to go to the doctor than women. In fact, seven million men in America haven’t seen a doctor in over 10 years. 

A healthy diet and regular exercise are also essential in preventing heart, vascular and other chronic illnesses. The American Heart Association recommends men get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, or 30 minutes per day. Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Shave your excuses - get checked today!

With colon, testicular and prostate cancer being most treatable when diagnosed in the early stages, preventative screenings are extremely important. Routine screenings can also help detect other issues, such as thyroid problems or low iron levels, which can hinder facial hair growth! 

Here are some general guidelines that can help you keep track of how often you should see your provider and receive these tests.

Physical Exam

Age 20-39: Every 3 years 
Age 40-49: Every 2 years 
Age 50+: Annually 
Physical exams help determine overall health status, assess the risk for future problems, and screen for disease and more.

Blood Pressure

Age 20+: Annually Detecting high blood pressure is important as it can lead to many issues, including heart and other organ damage.

Prostate Screening

Age 50+: Annually 
Prostate screenings test prostate health and help to detect enlargement and prostate cancer.

Fecal Occult Blood Test

Age 50+: Annually 
This test checks a stool samples for blood, which can indicate colon cancer or polyps in the colon or rectum. A fecal occult blood test is done from the comfort of your home.

Blood & Urine Tests

Age 20-39: Every 3 years 
Age 40-49: Every 2 years 
Age 50+: Annually 
Blood and urine tests can detect kidney and thyroid issues, high cholesterol, diabetes as well as low iron and protein levels.


Age 50-75: Every 10 years, as long age is the only risk factor 
A colonoscopy helps your provider identify ulcers, polyps and other early signs of cancer.

Testosterone Screenings

Age 40+: Varies by Doctor 
Detecting low testosterone levels can be important to your overall health as low levels can cause sleep disturbances, decreased sexual function and significant emotional and physical changes.

Man Up: Schedule Your Appointment Today

While seeing your doctor may seem like a pain, it can save a lot of aches and pains down the road. Take charge of your health and schedule an appointment today with your primary care physician today! 

Don’t have one already? Now is a great opportunity to use our Find a Doctor tool to locate a physician or specialist in the Des Moines area. Be proactive about your health this month and beyond!
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