Beyond DadBod: Why Men’s Health is a Women’s Issue

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Dear Mr. Dad: My husband doesn’t exercise, he eats tons of fried foods and sugary drinks, and hasn’t been to see a doctor in years. Worse than that, our two sons, ages 8 and 10 are following in their dad’s footsteps. I’m really worried. Why won’t my husband take better care of himself?

A: I really wish I had an answer to that question, but the closest I can come is, “It’s complicated.” Part of the problem is the messages we send to boys and men: “Big boys don’t cry,” “Take it like a man,” “Man up and stop complaining,” “Real men play through it,” and my favorite, “Pain is just weakness leaving your body.”

Once those messages get into our head, they’re nearly impossible to get out. So it’s no wonder that like your husband, we don’t get regular checkups, don’t do much preventive care, we ignore our symptoms, and generally stay as far away from healthcare providers as we can unless the pain is unbearable—and even then, we often hold off, hoping it’ll go away. On average, we’re half as likely as women to have seen a healthcare provider in the previous year—and that’s after taking out women’s prenatal visits.

Instead of “Why won’t he take care of himself,” the real question you should be asking is, “What can I do to help?” I know that doesn’t seem very fair. You’ve got enough to worry about already and you’re probably tempted to tell him to “Man up” (and you’d be right). But the bottom line is that his health affects you in a pretty significant way.

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Men’s Health Month is Here–How Will You Celebrate?

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men's health monthEach year Men’s Health Month is celebrated on the national, state, and local levels. Governors and mayors issue proclamations for Men’s Health Week in their jurisdictions, the week leading up to and including Fathers Day (June 15 – June 21, 2015). Private businesses, government agencies, churches, fraternities, and other organizations host health screenings, educational, and other awareness events. And, most importantly, individual men and women make a commitment toward a healthier lifestyle.

You can start your Men’s Health Month celebration by joining Men’s Health Network @Menshlthnetwork for two Twitter chats during the month.

The first one is TODAY! Just log in to Twitter and follow the hashtag, #MensHealthMonth.

6/2/15 — Chat on men and heart health. Use #MensHealthMonth to join the conversation. From 1PM to 2PM ET.
6/23/15– Chat on men and mental health. #ShowUsYourBlue to join the conversation. From 1PM to 2PM ET.


Wear Blue in June
We wear blue to support men’s health and encourage men to make health a priority. Join millions of men and women across the country by wearing blue this June. Send in pictures all month, especially on June 19th for the #ShowUsYourBlue storm.

Take selfies, or pose with co-workers, friends, family, and pets! 

Post photos on social media using #ShowUsYourBlue.

Join the Prostate Cancer Twitter Chat Monday


In recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (September 2014), Patients and Research, Men’s Health Network and Ward Health will host a prostate cancer Twitter chat:

When: Monday, September 22nd
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am EDT
Where: Twitter using #ProstateQA or via Patients and Research
Topics: Prostate cancer screening, risk factors, symptoms, and research

You can submit questions in advance by sending a Twitter message to @PatientMatters or through this form.

Joining the discussion will be David Taylor, Professor Emeritus UCL London and Men’s Health Network.

During the hour-long conversation you will learn about:

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Aspirin May Reduce Pancreatic Cancer Risk

If you’ve had a heart attack or a stroke or your medical professional thinks you may be at risk of having one, he or she may have prescribed daily aspirin therapy. Even at very low doses, aspirin thins your blood, which makes clots less likely to happen. That can be either bad news or good. On the bad side, if you cut yourself, scabs (a type of blood clot) would take longer to form and you might bleed longer. On the good side, blood clots that block arteries can lead directly to a heart attack and/or a stroke.

Now there may be another reason to regularly take aspirin: it may reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer by 50%–and the longer you take the aspirin, the lower your risk, according to a new study done at Yale University, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
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Drug Warnings Can Be a Double-Edged Sword

Back in 2003, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required that a particular class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) carry a “black box” warning that for children and teens, side effects may include an increased risk of suicidal thoughts. Sounds perfectly reasonable, doesn’t it?

But then, along comes the Law of Unintended Consequences, which revealed that since that FDA mandate came out, doctors wrote 20 percent fewer prescriptions for SSRIs (which include Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Celexa) for their teen patients. (Adult use of SSRI antidepressants went down by 14 perent—and they weren’t even covered by the FDA warnings). At the same time, teen suicide attempts rose by about the same amount—21.7 percent for teens, 33.7 percent for young adults under 25.
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Men’s Health Month Encourages Men and Boys to Take Charge of their Health

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Together We Can Reduce the Number of Preventable Deaths and Injuries

men's health month, men's health weekWASHINGTON, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — June is Men’s Health Month, and groups across the country are joining Men’s Health Network in celebrating this special awareness period. The goal of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the public’s awareness of the many preventable health problems that affect men and boys.

Communities across the country celebrate Men’s Health Month by organizing screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities throughout the month of June.

“These efforts reach men where they live, work, play, and pray,” said Ana Fadich, Vice President of Men’s Health Network, which organizes Men’s Heath Month events nationwide. “They’re a great way for healthcare providers, policy makers, the media, and individuals to educate men, their families, and the public on a wide range of men’s health issues, including cancers, hypogonadism, cardiovascular problems, sexual and mental health concerns.”

The highlight of Men’s Health Month this year is the 20th Anniversary of National Men’s Health Week(NMHW), which is the week ending on Father’s Day, June 15, 2014. NMHW was passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1994. Additional support comes from governors and mayors who declare Men’s Health Week in their states and cities.

“Men notice when their car doesn’t perform properly, but they don’t always listen when their body tells them it’s time to see a doctor,” says Dr. Salvatore Giorgianni, science advisor to MHN. “Men’s Health Month is a call to action for all men and their families to take ownership of their health and well-being. All dads out there should use Father’s Day as a reminder of how much their family needs them, and how important it is for them to take care of themselves.”

We thank our 2014 Men’s Health Month sponsors which include AbbVie and Pfizer Inc. for their continued support of education.

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About Men’s Health Network

Men’s Health Month and Men’s Health Week are organized by Men’s Health Network (MHN), a national non-profit organization committed to improving the health and wellness of men and their families with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. Learn more about MHN at and follow them on Twitter @MensHlthNetwork and