Leeds Men’s health set to go under the microscope

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councillors are set to investigate why men’s health is worse than women’s in Leeds.

Statistics reveal that life expectancy for men in Leeds is lower than the national average.

Figures show that men will die five years younger than women in the city and they are three times more likely at risk of suicide.

Campaigner Barry Ewart, secretary of Leeds Men’s Health Network, said the group has spent over a decade campaigning for better men’s health in the city.

Mr Ewart has asked councillors to look at men’s health and make suggestions about how services can be more accessible to men.

He said: “Leeds Men’s Health Network has been campaigning for better men’s health in the city for over 10 years.

“We believe that men’s health in general, and particularly in the inner-city, is in a poor state.

“Men often do not go to see the doctor until it is late and often too late.

“Men are less likely to engage with preventative health checks.”

He added: “Over 60 per cent of premature deaths among men are avoidable.

“It might end up helping a lot of men individually which has knock-on effects for families and for future generations. It could save the local authority money and the NHS budget.”

He added: “A more positive approach to men’s health by men themselves and organisations, we believe, could have many benefits for individual men as well as for the NHS and the local authority.”

A report also demonstrates that there is a higher prevalence of alcohol use and smoking in men.

Members of Leeds City Council’s health and wellbeing scrutiny panel have agreed to look at the issue as part of their Narrowing The Gap agenda.

Lizzie Jones with fellow campaigners.

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