Men’s Health Week 2019 – Know Your Numbers

Its Men’s Health Week 2019! But what does this mean? Well, one man in every five dies before he is old enough to retire. We want to improve that statistic and encourage men to be aware of their health and know their numbers.


During this year’s Men’s Health Week, the emphasis is on 7 numbers all men need to know:

37a waist of 37 inches or above puts you at increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.

150men should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week

5portions of fruit and vegetables a day

14maximum of 14 units of alcohol a week

10 smokers die 10 years younger on average than non – smokers

120/80a normal blood pressure reading

75%of suicides are by men

During the free NHS Health check, we can help you know and understand your numbers. Since April 2015, more than 12,000 men in Somerset have had their free NHS Health check. Of those, 35% had raised blood pressure and nearly 50% were at risk of pre-diabetes. If we do spot any long-term health risks during your check it will be our priority to get you support after the check as soon as possible, you’re in safe hands!

The NHS Health checks are available from the age of 40 and measure all 7 of the key numbers listed above.

Do you know your numbers?

It is not just the physical aspect of health we want to raise awareness of. Mental health is just as important and there are lots of factors that can have an impact on men’s mental health. Dave S from the Men’s Health Forum says, “Since coming back from holiday, I’ve realised how much I hate my job and I’m beginning to lose interest in other things in life. I feel trapped because it just seems like there aren’t many stable jobs out there.” This can lead to stress which inevitably takes a toll on a person’s wellbeing.


Being aware of your numbers is important in reducing your risk of heart attack, diabetes and stroke. To find out your numbers, book in for your free NHS Health check here.