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June: Men’s Health Month

On average, men die five years younger than women, and die at higher rates from nine of the top ten causes of death.  June is Men’s National Health Month and a great time to review this healthy check list:

>Schedule a physical. Most of the factors that contribute to men’s shorter, less healthy lives are preventable. And that prevention starts with seeing a healthcare provider on a regular basis. Adult men in the United States visit primary care providers at lower rates than adult women. Establishing baselines for factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, and PSA (a screening test for prostate cancer risk)—and monitoring how they change over time—will enable the provider to catch potentially dangerous conditions early, when they’re still treatable.

>Get physical. The benefits of physical activity on outcomes are extensive, and many people find it difficult to get motivated for physical activity on their own. Join a recreation league at your local community center, sign up for group personal training sessions, or simply make a routine out of regular walks. Simple, yes, but not always easy.

>Your family depends on you.  One reason men disregard their own health is that they’re too busy taking care of everyone else. What they don’t realize, however, is that if they die early, they’ll be hurting the very people they’ve worked so hard to protect. Family members love you and want you healthy for as long as possible.

>Eat healthy.  Fruits and vegetables have many vitamins and minerals that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.

>Quit Smoking. Set an example by choosing not to smoke.  Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits. You lower your risk for different types of cancer, and don’t expose others to secondhand smoke—which causes health problems.

>Manage Stress. Physical or emotional tension are often signs of stress. They can be reactions to a situation that causes you to feel threatened or anxious. Learn ways to manage stress including finding support, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and avoiding drugs and alcohol.

>Know the signs of depression.  Depression is one of the leading causes of disease or injury worldwide for both men and women. Learn to recognize the signs:

o   persistent sadness

o   grumpiness

o   feelings of hopelessness

o   tiredness and decreased energy

o   thoughts of suicide.

>Know the signs and symptoms of a Heart Attack.  If you think you or someone you know is having a heart attack call 911 immediately. Major signs of a heart attack include:

o    Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back

o    Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint

o    Chest pain or discomfort

o    Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder

o    Shortness of breath

Please call and schedule time with a member of our medical team so we may assist you in meeting your healthcare goals!