Men: Do your duty, be a man, see your doctor!
June is Men’s Health Month, dedicated to increasing awareness of the health needs, screenings and challenges among men.
One of the greatest challenges men face is choosing not to see their doctor. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men are half as likely as women to visit their doctor annually.
Men are at greater risk for certain conditions and chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease and stroke. In fact, men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death. Early detection and prevention are keys in preventing these deaths. An annual check-up with a primary care provider will ensure men get the screenings and education they need to stay healthy.
Now this is where we talk about prostate cancer. (You knew it was coming). Although the thought of having prostate screenings might be awkward or uncomfortable, remember that prostate cancer can be more treatable if it is found in earlier stages. It is the second most common cancer in the United States, and a leading cause of cancer-related death in men. There is a greater risk for men age 40 or older, and they should discuss prostate cancer screenings with their provider.
Diet and exercise, too, play an important role in preventing chronic diseases and conditions for which men are at higher risk. Eating a healthy diet and exercising does not mean a drastic change. Incorporate a walk into your daily routine. Include some fruits and vegetables in your diet, and lay off the saturated fats and salt. Try slightly reducing your meal portions, or just don’t go back for seconds.
Dr. Abraham emphasized the importance of diet and physical activity. “Regular exercise and avoiding being overweight are key factors for men remaining as healthy as possible.”
Make this June an opportunity to change things for the better throughout the year. Eat some veggies, eat less fat, go for a walk, and most importantly, man-up and see your primary care provider annually. Live healthy, live better.
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