Men’s Health Week

Men’s Health Week kicked off Monday!

Men’s Health Week is kicked off this week to encourage New Zealand men to proactively take charge and improve their health and wellbeing.

During this awareness week, New Zealand men will be encouraged to complete an online survey at to find out their Men’s Health Score, and then to challenge their mates to do the same and compete for the best score and take up the Men’s Health Week Fitbit Activity Challenge 2016.

  • Every three hours a Kiwi bloke dies from a potentially preventable illness. If you are Māori, that rate doubles.
  • Right now, the biggest and fastest-growing potentially preventable disease in NZ is diabetes. Over 260,000 New Zealanders have already been diagnosed with diabetes, and the Ministry of Health estimates as many as 1 in 4 people could have prediabetes.
  • 40 New Zealanders are diagnosed with diabetes every single day. Most (90%) are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes which can be prevented or delayed by healthier lifestyle choices. The risk of p rediabetes progressing to type 2 diabetes can be roughly halved through weight loss, dietary changes, more exercise and/or drug treatment.
  • The odds of developing diabetes increase with smoking, age, weight and high blood pressure. If you are overweight (especially around your waist); have had high blood glucose in the past or have been diagnosed with pre diabetes (also known as impaired glucose tolerance) or have diabetes in your family (grandparents, parents, brothers or sisters) your risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases.
  • Māori and Pasifika are 3 times more likely to develop diabetes and people from South Asia and the Middle East are more susceptible to it, too.
  • Small steps lead to big changes and slash the odds. Healthy eating and just 30 minutes of daily exercise can prevent some cancers, depression, type 2 diabetes and increase your overall health. Build your healthy foundations by reducing portion sizes, fats, salt, sugar and alcohol and see how much better you feel for it! If you are stressed or your diet is not up to scratch a multivitamin can help.
  • The chronic h ealth complications caused by diabetes are essentially the same for men and women, but there are some conditions that are unique only to men such as impaired sexual function.

Throughout June, men can visit their local Unichem or Life Pharmacy to get a free Men’s Health Pit Stop Check.

Just like a car needs regular servicing, our bodies need an annual warrant of fitness, and men can talk to their local pharmacist about which screening tools are appropriate and have their blood pressure taken.

Men’s Health Week is proudly supported by Registered Master Builders, Pit Stop, Blackmore’s, Unichem and Life Pharmacy and M2 magazine. Thanks to our health partner Diabetes New Zealand.

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