Men's Health Week 2019

Men's Health

This week is Men's Health Week with the focus this year being 'men's health by numbers'. Take the time to find out the 7 key numbers to be aware of to keep yourself or a male close to you healthy.


Emily Condon
BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences

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Men's Health Week 2019 runs from 10-16 June and the focus this year is men's health by numbers. One man in five dies before he is old enough to retire. By encouraging men to know their numbers, Men’s Health Week is an ideal time to raise awareness and change this statistic. 

There are 7 key numbers that all men need to know about their health:

  • 37 - Your waist circumference is an important measure as it tells a lot about where your body fat is distributed. Fat distributed around our middles is an indicator of high levels of visceral fat - fat stored around our organs. A waist size of 37 inches or above puts you at increased of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. 
  • 150 - men should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week. Exercise helps us metabolise our food properly, keeps inflammation at bay and burns calories that contribute to excess weight and infirmity. Age is not a barrier to activity - you can stay healthy for longer the more active you become. 
  • 5 - everyone should aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. 
  • 14 - maximum 14 units of alcohol a week. 
  • 10 - cigarette smokers die 10 years younger on average than non-smokers. 
  • 120/80 - normal blood pressure. Blood pressure is a measure of the force that the heart uses to pump blood around the body. Ideal blood pressure is considered to be between 90/60 mmHg and 120/80 mmHg. It is important to know your blood pressure and to take it regularly. If you don't own a blood pressure monitor, then there are numerous places where you can take a reading, from your doctor's surgery to a local pharmacy.
  • 75 - 75% of suicides (3 out of 4) are by men. 

Find out more about the campaign here.

Know your numbers

Making small lifestyle changes can help improve these 7 numbers and a simple blood test is an amazing way to see how your lifestyle choices and changes affect your inner health. Our comprehensive male health check the Well Man UItraVit is designed to provide insights into a wide number of important health markers which can be monitored over time. This check includes tests for cholesterol, diabetes risk, liver health and inflammation levels. Designed for men of all ages, this test focuses on many areas of your health that you may be able to improve through lifestyle changes. The test includes an online lifestyle and vital statistics questionnaire - a qualified doctor will review your answers together with your blood test results to produce a comprehensive, personalised report detailing what your results mean and what you can do to improve them.

To mark Men’s Health Week, we have the Well Man UltraVit and another one of our most popular male tests the Male Hormone Check on offer, to make it even easier to help you to learn more about your health.

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