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Movember: More than just a Mustache

Throughout the month of November, men are encouraged to grow their mustaches to raise awareness and spark conversation for men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health,

The state of men’s health is in a dire crisis. Simply put, men are dying too young. On average, across the world, men die 6 years earlier than women. Poor mental health affects men more than women: three-quarters of suicides are by men. The WHO estimates that 510,000 men die from suicide globally each year. That’s one every minute. The impact of prostate and testicular cancer on lives is substantial, with prostate cancer being the second most common cancer in men worldwide and the number of cases expected to almost double to 1.7 million cases by 2030.

The above crisis is the reason for Movember. Movember brings vital funding and attention to the hidden men’s health crisis.

Here are 5 things you can do to keep a healthy lifestyle:

Eat healthily - Nutritious foods give you energy and may lower your risk of certain diseases. Focus on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk products.

Stay at a healthy weight - Being overweight or obese can raise your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Eat healthy foods, control portion sizes, and be active to keep your weight in check.

Stay Fit - Regular exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

Be smoke-free - Smoking is linked to many of the leading causes of death, including cancer, lung disease, and stroke. If you smoke, quit today! Also, avoid secondhand smoke.

Get routine exams and screenings. Ask your doctor how often you need to be examined. Ask about screening tests for certain diseases and conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sexually transmitted infections, and certain types of cancer such as prostate and colon.

Stay safe. Safety means many things, like wearing seatbelts and helmets, having working smoke detectors, and following safety rules at work. It also means using condoms, washing your hands, taking care of your teeth. Also, make sure to pay attention to signs and symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive thirst, and problems with urination. If you have these or symptoms of any kind, be sure to see your GP/doctor right away.