Health over 50

Useful links for visitors over 50. Screening, lifestyle and disease awareness including diabetes, prostate and erection problems.

Men are living longer. (Still not as long as women but you can't have everything.)

Fifty years ago, few men lived much beyond their retirement. Now the average 50 year-old can look forward to 30 or more years of life. It's important to make sure you're healthy enough to enjoy them.

But as you get older you are at greater risk of serious health problems so, if you have any habits around food, drink, lack of exercise, fags or other behaviour that you want to address, now is the time to get these sorted out.

Even if you're feeling fine, don't wait for a problem. It's worth finding out about the various types of NHS screening we're entitled to as we get older. Prevention is always better than cure.

Disease awareness

The Men’s Health Forum need your support

It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.

In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.

It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.

We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.

Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.

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