Celebrating National Men’s Health Month
Take action, stay proactive, and be aware… June is National Men’s Health Month! Anchored by a Congressional health education program, National Men’s Health Month (NMHM) is dedicated to raising awareness of preventable health problems, encouraging treatment of disease, and educating young boys and men on proper exercise routines and healthy eating habits.
As men are commonly known for not taking action when it comes to their health, National Men’s Health Month is a way to remind men to take care of themselves. Men’s Health Network explains that a lack of awareness, poor health promotion and education, as well as an unhealthy work and personal lifestyle has caused a steady decline in the overall well-being of the American man.
And the numbers don’t lie, men are at a high risk for cardiovascular disease, influenza and pneumonia infection, HIV, and skin cancer.
According to the American Heart Association, more than one of every three adult men have some sort of cardiovascular disease, with African-Americans contributing to over 100,000 more cardiovascular-related deaths than Caucasian men. And the American Lung Association reports influenza and pneumonia are two leading health risks for men, and that men are about 25 percent more likely to die from these diseases than women. It was also found that two-thirds of melanoma deaths are by men and that more than 70 percent of those infected with HIV are men.
As you can see, men face quite a few serious health risks and without proper health education, these risks can become fatal. That being said, we have compiled a list of tips to help men practice healthy living and to celebrate NMHM the right way:
Exercise daily. Go for a short run or a brisk walk. Even the smallest amount of physical activity can help to decrease the risk of cardiovascular and heart disease and increase your mood and overall energy level.
Check your blood pressure. You want to keep your blood pressure higher than 120 over 80 and less than 140 over 90. To do so, you should eat well, exercise more, and drink less alcohol. Heavy alcohol consumption has been linked to many health risks, including an increased risk for cancer of the liver, colon, and the esophagus. You should also get checked for colorectal cancer if you’re over the age of 50. Early cases can begin in noncancerous polyps, and catching it early can be done through screenings by your doctor.
It goes without question that eating healthy will cause you to feel better, have more energy, stabilize your mood, improve your mental health, and increase your overall physical health. Sticking to a balanced diet of whole grain foods, plant oils, nuts, fruits and vegetables, fish or poultry, dairy supplements, red meat, and rice can help you stay in tip-top shape.
Don’t ignore the warning signs. If you begin to experience unexpected body pain or discomfort, bleeding in urine, unusually low energy, or fluctuating and unstable mood swings, then you should see your doctor. All too often, men ignore important warning signs, and catching illness early can result in more treatment of preventable disease and death.
National Men’s Health Month is a great reminder for men to take care of their bodies. Get rid of bad habits and form new ones. Celebrate the right way and be proactive, be aware and take action. Health can be a scary topic, but avoiding it all together can be fatal.
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