Concerned About Men's Health

By Emily West

July 15, 2010 Updated Jun 10, 2008 at 8:28 AM CDT

Shortly after Peoria Fire Chief Roy Modglin retired, Peoria firefighters were required to undergo extensive annual physicals.

Studies show getting regular exercise along with a balanced diet is an important part of maintaining a healthy life style.

A local nurse says it is also important for men to check cholesterol levels and blood sugar because both are factors of heart disease.

Studies show 1 in 5 men will have a heart attack before the age of 65.

Jerry Stoehr exercises daily and said, "I exercise each day particularly on this bike and every other day I lift some weights and I go down to the rapids pool."

Wellness Educator Kathy Riley added, "Our bodies weren't made to sit still we were made to move and its unfortunate that now many times because of our jobs and other things we're just sitting a lot so activity itself is a benefit to our health."

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has proclaimed this week as Men's Health Week.

Here is a copy of the governor's entire press release.

Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today proclaimed the week of June 9th to June 15th as Men’s Health Week in Illinois, encouraging men throughout the state to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and medical check-ups. Throughout Men’s Health Week, members of the Blagojevich Administration will join minor league baseball teams around Illinois for the Step Up to the Plate campaign to get the word out about preventable health problems, and encourage early detection and treatment among men and boys. During Men’s Health Week, men young and old are encouraged to check out the new men’s health Web site www.illinois.gov/menshealth.

“Living longer and better requires a healthy lifestyle. Getting exercise and eating right is an important start, but staying healthy also requires regular check-ups and screenings,” said Gov. Blagojevich. “During Men’s Health Week, let’s remember that this is not just about men, it’s about entire families. I’m pleased minor league baseball is joining us to get the word out to Illinois families that men need to take time to take care of their health.”

The Blagojevich Administration will be holding Step Up to the Plate men’s health events at the following games this week:
• Monday, June 9: Quad Cities River Bandits (Davenport, IA)
• Tuesday, June 10: Peoria Cheifs (Peoria, IL)
• Thursday June 12: Gateway Grizzlies (Sauget, IL)
• Friday, June 13: Southern Illinois Miners (Marion, IL)

The men’s health Web site, www.illinois.gov/menshealth includes information about getting screened, self checkups, the top 10 diseases that affect men, tips for healthy living, frequently asked questions, and additional resources.

“Men today face many health and wellness issues, and it’s important they take the time to visit their doctors for a checkup,” said Dr. Arnold. “The outcome of prostate cancer, as well as many other health conditions, depends on early detection and treatment. That’s why it is important for men and their families to be aware of available screening options and other necessary information.”

Prostate cancer is a primary focus of the campaign. It is the most common cancer, other than skin cancers, in American men. In 2008, The American Cancer Society estimates that about 186,320 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and approximately 28,660 men will die of prostate cancer. The Illinois State Cancer Registry estimates approximately 8,340 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in Illinois during 2008 and 1,330 men will die from it. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. Prostate cancer accounts for about 9 percent of cancer-related deaths in men.

Here are some health statistics men may not be aware of:

• On average, men live six years less than women
• 1 in 4 men has high blood pressure
• 1 in 5 men can expect to have a heart attack before the age of 65
• 1 in 6 men will develop prostate cancer
• 1 in 12 men can expect to develop diabetes
• 1 in 22 men will suffer from depression some time during his life

The men’s health campaign is an effort to raise awareness and inform men and their families about some common health problems they may face, and to encourage them to take advantage of early screening and follow-up.