June is considered to be Men’s Health Awareness month! It is promoted by the Men’s Health Network and Centers of Disease Control. This initiative is aimed at increasing awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment of diseases among men and boys. In increasing awareness, we hope to encourage men and boys to seek medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. Here are some things to consider when recognizing Men’s Health Awareness Month. Whether it is your husband, dad, brother, partner, son, or friend – you can help support their health and well-being!
Men are at greater risk for death in every age group
Men are at higher risk for most chronic conditions such as stroke, high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, etc.
Also, Men do not see physicians for a physical exam as often as women. They also are more likely to be uninsured compared to women.
Statistically, men are more likely to engage in “high risk behaviors,” such as smoking, drinking, etc.
Here are some things to keep in mind when taking control of your health or your loved one’s health:
Eat healthy and include a variety of fruits and vegetables into your diet. Limit foods high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.
Take part in regular physical activity! It can control your weight, decrease your risk of chronic conditions, and is a mood booster. Adults need roughly about 2.5 hours of activity a week (think about strength training or aerobic activity like running, walking, swimming).
Quit smoking- quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits as it can decrease your risk of certain types of cancer and chronic conditions. There are many smoking cessations programs and resources available if you need assistance.
Recognize and reduce stress and help others recognize it too. Finding support through local social or church groups, therapy and counseling services, meditation, eating healthy, and exercising regularly can help with addressing this.
If you are feeling helplessness, persistent sadness, high stress, feelings of constant anxiety, panic attacks, tiredness and decreased energy, and thoughts of suicide – please seek help. There are many resources to address these changes, and men should not feel ashamed in seeking mental health help.
Get regular checkups to identify any health issues early or before they become a problem.
Health is for all, so make sure that you and the men of your life are taking care of it!
Men’s Health Checklist- a resource to make sure you are getting the proper screenings. These are just recommendations so please make sure to check with your physician on what they would recommend based on your personal health factors.