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No Lost isn't making a comeback. These seven numbers are the ones all men need to know, according to the Men's Health Forum, who will be promoting them as Men's Health Week gets underway on Monday.  

The MHF says  a few simple numbers could make all the different to improving men's health. So here they are:

  • a waist size of 37 inches or above puts you at increased of heart disease, diabetes and cancer
  • men should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week
  • we should aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day
  • maximum 14 units of alcohol a week
  • cigarette smokers die 10 years younger on average than non-smokers
  • normal blood pressure is 120/80
  • three out of four suicides (75 per cent) are by men

For men who want to get to know their numbers better, the Forum is also publishing Man MOT, a new interactive manual that enables men to check their own health and then challenges them to do better. Man MOT (bulk packs of 100, launch price £129.95) has 25 health challenges in total. 

For policy makers, the Forum is promoting five key numbers: 

  • one man in five dies before the age of 65
  • two men in five die before the age of 75
  • three in four suicides are by men
  • men in unskilled work are three times more likely to take their own lives than men in senior management
  • the richest men live on average 10 years longer than the least well-off

There will be social media activity each day around a different number, with a free quiz. Posters, as well as the Man MOT publication, are available to order from 


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