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Putting the spotlight on men's health

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Men's health has been a hot topic this month as millions around the world sprouted a moustache in support of the annual Movember campaign. This global movement is designed to increase awareness of men's health issues and help them live happier, healthier, longer lives.

So what are the top issues affecting our male population? We've reviewed the top health claims from our male customers and here's what we found.

At the heart of the matter

Last year, there was a 15% increase in heart related procedures for our male customers compared to 2014. These heart related claims, such as diagnostic coronary angiograms (dye test into blood vessels of the heart), removal of plaques, insertion of coronary artery stents, coronary artery bypass surgery, implantation of cardiac devices such as pacemakers / defibrillators, heart value replacements and open heart surgery as well, represent the top hospital claim for men in 2015, with over $59 million in benefits paid.

Simple lifestyle changes can reduce the chance of heart issues, such as changing your diet, smoking cessation, moderating alcohol intake, increasing exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight. To find out more about the steps you can take to improve your heart health visit The Heart Foundation.

Cancer concerns

There was a 22% increase in chemotherapy related claims from male customers, rising to 5,824 admissions last year alone.

Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in Australian men, but when detected early survival rates are better than 98%. Find out more about steps for early detection and common risk factors from the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Our relationship with alcohol

Alcohol related disorders increased by 37% for our male customers last year compared to the previous year. This compares to only a 3% increase for women. We know that our female customers generally present earlier in their General Practitioner for help, whilst men are typically late presenters with most medical conditions which are more advanced at the point of diagnosis.

If you or someone you know is struggling with their relationship with alcohol, you can seek help from our nib foundation partner, Hello Sunday Morning. A movement committed to creating a better drinking culture in Australia.

Going the extra mile

When it comes to getting the most from your health cover there are a number preventative measures that can help maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The top ancillary or general treatment claim for men was dental which saw a 13% increase in benefits paid in 2015, up to over $83 million. More people were seeking dental and optical services, with these categories seeing the largest change in number of services, both up by 8% in the year.

It’s important to make sure your level of cover suits your lifestyle. Check out our simple guide to comparing health insurance or view your policy in Online Services to make sure your level of cover is meeting your needs.

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