June – Men’s Health Month
It is the 20th year anniversary of Men’s Health Week (June 9 – 15), and the celebration of National Men’s Health Month. This time is generally highlighted with a number of activities aimed at increasing awareness of preventable health problems, as well as encouraging early detection and treatment for disease and injury.
We often think of men as active, strong and independent, but when it comes to their health, men are more likely to forego a doctor’s visit until a condition worsens. Of the number of excuses used by men the most common are:
• Don’t have the time
• Don’t have insurance
• Don’t want to hear what you might be told
• There’s probably nothing wrong
According to a USA Today article (2012), few men would allow their cars to go without a tune up, oil change or proper maintenance, for fear that the engine would be ruined or worse. Yet, more than a third of men don’t have a regular checkup. Women learn from a very early age to go for routine checkups to screen for a variety of potential issues.
Men, on the other hand, may disappear from the patient rolls at age 18, avoiding checkups until age 40 or 50, when they show up for a cancer screening.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests a variety of easy things men can do to improve their health and stay healthy:
• Get good sleep – insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions.
• Toss out the tobacco – a side from cancer, there are many other health risks affiliated with smoking.
• Move more – adults need at least 2 ½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as brisk walking) every week, and muscle strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups.
• Eat healthy – eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is a natural way to get vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients.
• Tame stress – it can be harmful when it is severe enough to make you feel overwhelmed and out of control.
• Stay on top of your game – schedule regular visits to the doctor, it will help your health and well being.
• Find Affordable Healthcare – federally funded health centers provide care, even if you have no insurance.
Do something nice for your father, husband, brother or any important male in your life – encourage them to get regular checkups.
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References: MensHealthMonth.org, Heart.org, CDC, USA Today “A preventative maintenance schedule for men’s health”, Men’s Health Network
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