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Why Men Die Earlier than Women

I recently attended the AIHM (American Integrative Health and Medicine) Conference in San Diego, CA. Tremendous speakers, tremendous energy and information shared. Over the course of the next several weeks, I will be highlighting research and ideas from prominent doctors, nurses, researchers and health specialists. 

This particular talk was about Men's Health by Myles Spar, MD, MPH. Men need unique messaging from their doctors in order for them to pay attention and respond. Of the top 10 causes of death in the US, men are "winning" in 9 of them; these causes of death are, for the most part, preventable.

Men do not respond to preventive messaging but rather to goal-oriented, straight talk from their doctors. What matters most to the male patient is the key to improved health. Let's say he wants to keep up with his children or grandchildren. That might mean changing diet, losing weight, managing stress. Instead of waiting for the insistent wife to drag him into the doctor's office, he will willingly go because of his goals, shared decision making, accountability and support from his doctor.

Guys like tools - so we have provided Myles Spar's presentation, along with his toolkit for your review. For the toolkit, pllease click here. For the presentation, please click here.