Placing American Indian and Alaska Native Boys and Men’s Health Disparities on the Map

A group of stakeholders dedicated to raising awareness on health disparities among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) males has collaborated with Men’s Health Network (MHN) and the Office of Minority Health to develop a brief report titled A Vision of Wellness and Health Equity for AI/AN Boys and Men. Among American Indians and Alaska […]

“Breathe Easy: Your Lungs and COPD”–My Latest Book for the Men’s Health Network

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.,  which is why I wrote a book with the Men’s Health Network (MHN) called Breathe Easy: Your Lungs and COPD.  And in an effort to help the 12 million Americans who have COPD and the 12 million more whose symptoms remain undiagnosed, MHN partnered with the Association of Black Cardiologists, the Veterans Health Council, and Men’s Health Alliance to develop the new, and extremely valuable resource.

“Studies show that every four minutes an individual dies of COPD,” said Scott Williams, MHN Senior Vice President. “We could not ignore this fact and had to address such an important health issue. The Breathe Easy publication is designed to educate the public regarding possible COPD symptoms and explains what to do once these symptoms are discovered. We hope that those who read this publication will examine their own situation and take action if needed.”

Co-authored by experts in the field of men’s health and supported by a grant from Forest Laboratories, “Breathe Easy: Your Lungs and COPD. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” is filled with important information for men and their families and added to the extensive library of educational materials which MHN has maintained since 1992. You can download a pdf of the book from the Men’s Health Network’s website. You can order hard copies directly from MHN.

Some Rather Shocking Stats on Men’s Health

Two thirds of men say they wouldn’t get help from a medical professional if they had chest pain or shortness of breath–two of the biggest heart attack warning signs. And when was the last time you (or a man you love) saw a doctor? For 7 million of us, it’s been… wait for it… more than 10 years.

There are plenty more sobering statistics in the terrific infographic (see the next page) sent to me by the good folks at the online nursing program at Georgetown University.
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The High Cost of Ignoring Men’s Health

With Men’s Health Month in the news, just about everyone knows that men live shorter (by about 5-6 years), less-healthier lives than women. Every year, hundreds of thousands of men die prematurely from thoroughly preventable causes. And millions more suffer injury, disability, and chronic illness that could have been prevented.

Given all that, you’d think that men’s health would be a major part of any discussion about healthcare reform. But it’s not. And that’s too bad, because even if you forget about the tragic loss of life (and quality of life), ignoring men’s health costs Federal and state governments and the private sector more than $300 billion per year.

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