A Guide To Men's Health Week 2022

13th June 2022

Men’s health week 2022 is an annually held awareness week that was originally organised by the Men’s Health Forum. The week is being held in 2022 from the 13th of June until the 19th of June and continues the trend of the week being themed. Previous themes include mental wellbeing in men, COVID-19 and men’s health, the numbers behind men’s health, diabetes in men, and many more. This article is a comprehensive guide to Men’s Health Week 2022, providing you with all the information you need to know. 

We will talk about the history of men’s health week, as well as the theme of this year's week. As well as this, you can learn how to correctly look after yourself as a man to ensure that you are in peak condition, no matter your age. 

What is Men's Health Week?

Men’s Health Week 2022 is an awareness week that is held annually, with the mission of raising awareness for all things men’s health. The aim behind this is to raise awareness of preventable health conditions that affect, disproportionately, men. For the last two years, the focus of men’s health week has been on the Coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, the theme this year has moved away from COVID and back towards more general men’s health, we will talk about the theme soon. 

Men’s health week was a concept that was originated by the Men’s Health Forum. The Men’s Health Forum is an organisation that aims to provide all men and boys, in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with the information, resources, and treatments that they need in order to live long and healthy lives. 

What is the theme of Men's Health Week 2022?

Every year, Men’s Health Week has a different theme. As mentioned, for the last two years the theme has been based on coronavirus. 2022 is the first year for two years that the theme has moved away from COVID-19, and back towards general men’s health. The theme of 2022 is ‘Time for your M.O.T’. This does not mean you need to make an appointment with your mechanic and you should not be worried about failing, it simply means giving yourself time to check both your physical and mental health. 

The tagline of this year's men’s health week is ‘No tread left after the pandemic? Get yourself back on the road. Time for your MOT.’ The Men’s Health Forum are wanting men to take notice of what is happening in their minds and their bodies, as well as perform their own DIY man MOT. They are also wanting men to go and get an NHS health check, a service that was paused during the coronavirus pandemic but has since returned. 

What is a free NHS health check?

An NHS free health check is a service provided by the NHS to people between the ages of 40 and 74. There are some people that are not eligible for the health check, including those that suffer from preexisting conditions. The conditions that make people ineligible include: 

  • Heart disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Transient ischaemic attack
  • Inherited high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolemia)
  • Heart failure
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Stroke
  • Currently being prescribed statins to lower cholesterol
  • Previous checks have found that you have a 20% or higher risk of getting cardiovascular disease over the next 10 years

The check is designed to spot the early signs of potentially dangerous conditions. Conditions that the check can detect include strokes, kidney disease, heart disease, dementia and type 2 diabetes. 

Why should men have a health check?

It is important that men over the age of 40 who are eligible take part in the free NHS health check as it can spot signs of potentially threatening conditions. Some of the most common conditions for men of a certain age are actually the ones that are looked for during the NHS health check. If you find that you have any of the conditions listed above that make you ineligible for a free health check, you will be receiving regular appointments anyway and will not need a health check. 

Can I get a men's health check now?

When you turn 40 you should receive a letter not long after your birthday regarding the free NHS health check. The invitation for the health check will be extended once every five years. If you feel like you require a check more often you can contact your GP in order to make your appointment. You can also use a free online heart age test that is provided by the NHS in order to provide some peace of mind. 

Can you do a DIY men's health check?

There are ways that you can check your health when you are at home, and you will not need to visit a GP to do so. As mentioned, the Men’s Health Forum provides instructions for their own DIY man MOT, keeping with the theme of Men’s Health Week 2022. You can also use the NHS free online heart age test to get some insight into your heart and how it is performing. Other than doing a home health check, you should also ensure that you are getting plenty of exercise, as well as making sure that you are eating a healthy, balanced diet. 

What is the Men's Health Forum's government campaign for a men's health strategy?

The Men’s Health Forum is currently leading a campaign calling on the government to create a men’s health strategy. This strategy is based on statistics regarding the number of men that die at a young age. One in five men will die before they reach the age of 65, and around 40% of men will die before reaching the age of 75. The campaign also highlights the difference between men dying in wealthier areas to those that die in poorer areas. The statistic highlighted is as follows: 

  • Male-life expectancy in the Bloomfield ward of Blackpool in north-west England is 68.2 years.
  • Male-life expectancy in the Warfield ward of Bracknell Forest in south-east England is 90.3 years.

This campaign is also another cause that is highlighted by Men’s Health Week 2022. 

Men’s Health Week 2022 is as important now as it ever has been, especially in the world that we live in today. Following the coronavirus pandemic, shifting the focus back on other potentially dangerous conditions that affect men is paramount; and by setting the theme of a man MOT, the Men’s Health Forum is doing exactly that. 

Sources

https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/mhw

https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/diy-man-mot

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check/

https://111.nhs.uk/