J Mens Health
Lifestyle; Disease prevention; Nutrition; Physical activity; Stress management; Connection; Men's health
Mental health is an often-overlooked aspect of overall health and wellness (well-being). Mental illness is increasingly common with 1 in 5 American adults experiencing it annually, and 1 in 20 suffering from a serious mental illness each year . Treatment rates for mental illness are lower in men (37.4%) compared to women (51.2%) . Globally, treatment rates are similar with an estimated cost to the global economy of $1 trillion annually, yet less than 2% of government health expenditure is for mental health worldwide . Despite this, only nine studies have been published specifically targeting men’s mental health through lifestyle interventions, be that primary prevention or treatment, and all were underpowered for mental health outcomes . The long-term consequences of such interventions in men are promising and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle in general are clear, especially in programs geared specifically towards men . Mental health also effects physical health; for instance, cardiovascular and metabolic disease risk is 40% higher in those with depression . Therefore, a holistic, systems approach is necessary to truly prevent disease and cultivate well-being using the lifestyle intervention tools of nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and connection.
Frame, L. A. (2022). Lifestyle Tools for Men’s Health and Disease Prevention: Well-being through Nutrition, Physical Activity, Stress Management, and Connection. J Mens Health, 18 (12). http://dx.doi.org/10.22514/jomh.2022.002
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