Men’s health is a huge public health topic and it is important that we don’t overlook  it. Although November is Men’s Health Awareness Month, we must keep focus throughout the year. Don’t hesitate to contact me with your nutrition and health queries here 

Across the world, men die an average six years younger 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.

November is more commonly known for the awkward facial hair your mate at work grows. But it’s really all about raising awareness around Men’s Health. In Ireland women live an average of 6 years longer then men. There is growing evidence that in developing and maintaining their male identity, men neglect to look after their health. In Ireland, men are reluctant to make use of the health services leading to the late discovery of an illness. In addition to strategic healthcare and economic policies, raising nationwide awareness is vital in broadening the populations approach to men’s health.

Things To Know And Do

  • Have open conversations with your male friends
  • Relax and enjoy life. Reducing stress in the workplace and home will improve your survivor-ship and lead to a longer, happier life.
  • Avoid smoking for many reasons. Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all.
    Try to keep the amount of saturated fat to a minimum.
  • Eat more fish – evidence from several studies suggest that fish can help protect against prostate cancer because they have “good fat” particularly omega-3 fatty acids. Avoid trans fatty acids (found in margarine).
  • Avoid calcium supplementation. You can achieve you RDA through diet alone.
By taking a few simple steps such as maintaining a good diet and taking action early, every man can improve their chances of living a happy and long life…

What can you do to raise awareness this Movember…

During Movember, men are challenged to grow a moustache, and men and women can be physically active and move or host a fundraising event. Not only do these commitments raise vital funds, they also generate powerful and often life-changing conversations.
  • Find an event in your area here
  • Create a fundraising page and grow your MO. Find more info here

  • Make a donation here

  • Find out more ways you can raise awareness here

  • Don’t let Movember come and go – keep the conversation surrounding men’s health going throughout the year!

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Rebecca G

Rebecca G

Rebecca is a registered Associate Nutritionist with the UKVRN through the Association for Nutrition. She completed her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition before achieving her Masters Degree in Public Health Nutrition in Queen Margaret’s University, Edinburgh. Before joining the GourmetFuel team, Rebecca was a Nutrition & Allergen Menu Analyst. She is passionate about food and promoting ‘real food’ diets! She is also interested in Childhood and Elderly Nutrition.
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