Men encouraged to be more health conscious this Men’s Health Week

Release Date: 11 June 2018

Men in Richmond upon Thames are being encouraged to take care of their health and use the services on offer in the borough to keep fit and well.

The advice comes during National Diabetes Week and Men’s Health Week both being marked from 11 to 17 June.

Men have worse health outcomes than women, are more likely to die prematurely and visit their GP half as often. They are more likely to die from cancer, be obese, smoke or to commit suicide. Meanwhile, one-in-ten men already have diabetes and thousands more either don’t know they have it or are at serious risk of it.

However, in Richmond, the good news is that men’s life expectancy is 82 years, which is 1.8 years greater than London. Meanwhile, the percentage of the population with diabetes in Richmond is 3.6%, which is lower than the 6.5% London average.

The Men’s Health Forum provides a space for men to access a wide range of advice and have their questions about their health answered.

Cllr Piers Allen, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Health said:

“We know men are less likely to take care of their health and as a result suffer worse health outcomes. It is really important that men pay attention to their mental and physical wellbeing, to visit the doctor when they are unwell and use the health services available to them.

“It is simply not acceptable that they should have to live in poorer health than women. There are services out there to help them and I would urge men in the borough to use them.”

Find out if you are at risk of Diabetes by using our online tool. There is also plenty of support to quit smoking, cut down drinking and get more exercise. Visit our wellbeing and lifestyle pages for advice and information about local services.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P289/18

Updated: 28 June 2018