Health Based on Gender
In Duval County, where you live, your race and whether you're a man or woman are predictors of your life expectancy.
White women live longer than all males. There are major disparities in life expectancy between black and white men with white men living more than 5 years longer than black men.
Differences in health outcomes for men among race and location of residence are also notable. The death rate in Duval County is 846.4 per 100,000 for white males and 690.7 for black males.
The Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL) Black males experience provide additional insight to disparities. Black households are faced with many challenges as a result the Black man dying prematurely. Black families live in poverty, experience homelessness, have difficulty accessing healthy food and health care as well as other factors. The YPLL is an estimate of premature mortality that has been defined as the number of years of life lost among persons who die before a predetermined age, which is 75 in the state of Florida.
Although prostate cancer is unique to men's health, men experience a wide range of conditions including heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Men are so concerned with going to work and caring for their families that they ignore the signs and symptoms indicating changes in their health.
Men are diagnosed with chronic diseases frequently. However they don't know how to manage their diseases. The HJMHC educates men about health issues affecting them, how to manage their conditions and where to go if they're without a medical home.
Symptoms warning of chronic diseases are different for men than women for the same health issues.
Boys go to the doctor when they're young because their mothers take them. If active in athletics they will seek sports physicals. However, as young men, they don't routinely seek medical care unless they experience an injury. They also don't know their numbers: blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol or PSA levels.
The HJMHC launched two initiatives to help men become more aware of their health.
This initiative challenges men to know their 3 numbers (blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol). Men are encouraged to exercise at least 5 days each week and to eat a combination of 9 fruits and vegetables every day.
Fit for 15
This initiative was launched to encourage men to get off the couch. The more active you are can add years to your life!