International Men's Day and CIHR Investments in Boys' and Men's Health

Things you might not know about men's health New IGH factsheet

Why do men have a shorter life expectancy than women? What do frequent cycling, using a cellphone and wearing tight pants have in common? Check out this men’s health fact sheet to find out!

Did you know that according to an article published last week in The Lancet, boys born in 2018 will live on average 4.5 fewer years than girls? In addition, public health systems globally are less easily accessed by men. This demonstrates the global need to raise the profile of men’s health.

CIHR is proud to support researchers addressing key challenges in boys’ and men’s health through a total investment of over $15 million since 2007. For International Men’s Day, we are celebrating the innovative and solutions-focused research, programs and outreach developing in Canada around men’s health.

Men's health facts and research highlights

  • In Ontario, African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) people make up about 5% of the population, but nearly 25% of new HIV cases. The weSpeak team, led by Josephine Wong, is strengthening community networks to prevent HIV and promote health amongst ACB heterosexual men in Ontario. You can learn more about the weSpeak team’s work through their factsheets or ‘Real Talk Sessions’.
  • When boys and men have healthy outlooks, everyone benefits. In the film, A Short Documentary on Men, John Oliffe provides insights on the challenges of defining men’s roles in contemporary society and on raising boys to be compassionate and healthy men.
  • Men account for 4 out of 5 deaths by suicide in Canada. However, men are less likely to seek support because of stigma around depression. Learn more.
    • The HeadsUpGuys website, from researchers at the University of British Columbia, provides practical tools for men for preventing and managing preventing depression.
  • 1 in 20 boys experience sexual abuse, but boys tend not to speak about it. Christine Wekerle and her research team are developing a JoyPop app to help build resilience in youth who have suffered from childhood abuse. Learn more.
  • Environmental contaminants have a direct effect on the quality of a man’s sperm, which means the health consequences are passed down to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. However, when males consume more folic acid, found in foods like leafy green vegetables and cereals, this lessens the negative impact of environmental contaminants. Janice Bailey recently published her findings on the impact of paternal environment on fertility Scientific Reports. Learn more.
  • Men around the world face similar struggles related to body image, understandings of masculinity and self-worth. Philip Joy collaborated with international artists to create Rainbow Reflections, a comic book that conveys research on queer men’s body image and eating practices. Learn more.

Learn More About IGH-funded Research in Boys' and Men's Health

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