Men can often be resistant to visit the doctor, even if they’re feeling pretty lousy. Congress recognizes June as Men’s Health Month, all focused on preventive health measures to help men feel well and live longer. Nurse Rose Melendez, director of the Emergency Department and Nursing Administration at Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center, gives us some men’s health tips.
Why do we have a whole month dedicated to men’s health?
Nurse Rose: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that women are 100 percent more likely to visit the doctor for an annual physical than men. Furthermore, men die five years earlier than women do on average.
This is critical because simply visiting the doctor annually and taking some preventive health measures can seriously reduce the risk of developing health conditions like heart disease, stroke and certain cancers.
What kinds of things should men be doing to stay healthy?
Nurse Rose: Just taking some of these simple precautions can help men prevent disease and live longer.
- Schedule an annual physical with your primary care doctor
- Ask your doctor about regular health screenings you should be having like prostate cancer screening or colonoscopies
Heart health is particularly important for men because heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the U.S. In fact, heart disease is responsible for 1 in every 4 male deaths. Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke with these tips.
- Monitoring your blood pressure and cholesterol
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a heart healthy diet
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Additional Health Tips from Rose
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