November 15, 2020
#Movember-we accepted the challenge: A month of men’s health focus.
It’s great to see how many men have made use of our newly introduced men’s health appointment. It’s an opportunity to make sure your physical and mental health are all in top form. Much easier to fix problems while they are still small.
If you or a bro is feeling low there’s always help available. And there are choices – pick an option you’re comfortable with:
- Talk to a friend
- Call the MensLine on 1300 789 978
- Make an appointment to see your GP
At Eleanor Clinic we offer men’s health check ups where we put a focus on specific men’s health issues. And, yes: there are check lists involved.
Movember is a good reminder on how important it is to take care of your health. And not just at this time of year. If you take the first step we’ll come along for the subsequent ones.
Globally, men die on average six years earlier than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. Which means that it doesn’t have to be that way: we can all take action to live healthier, happier and longer lives.
HOW? HERE ARE OUR TOP FIVE THINGS TO KNOW, AND DO.
1Spend time with people who make you feel good.
Stay connected. Your mates are important and spending time with them is good for you. Catch up regularly, check in and make time.
You don’t need to be an expert and you don’t have to be the sole solution, but being there for someone, listening and giving your time can be life-saving.
We need to talk
70% of men say their friends can rely on them for support, but only 48% say that they rely on their friends. In other words: we’re here for our mates, but worried about asking for help for ourselves. Reaching out is crucial.
We need to listen
3Know the numbers.
At 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test. If you are of African or Caribbean descent or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should be having this conversation at 45. Know your numbers, know your risk, talk to your doctor.
Learn more about prostate cancer
4Know thy nuts. Simple.
Get to know what’s normal for your testicles. Give them a check regularly and go to the doctor if something doesn’t feel right.
Learn more about testicular cancer
Add more activity to your day. Do more of what makes you feel good.
- Take a walking meeting
- Park further away from the station
- Get off the bus a stop or two earlier
- Instead of the lift, take the stairs
- Cycle to work instead of driving