With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to talk about men’s health. Did you know that men live about five years less than women on average? Men are also more likely to be uninsured than their women counterparts. This month, as we celebrate the men in our lives, let’s raise awareness for preventable health issues.
The two leading causes of death among adult males are heart disease and cancer. Other top causes of death include stroke and diabetes. The good news is that each of these leading causes of death have risk factors that are preventable! High blood pressure is one of the main risk factors for heart disease. You can make positive lifestyle changes to limit your risk such as eating a well-balanced diet with limited salt intake, staying physically active, and maintaining a healthy weight. Some cancers also have higher risk associated with obesity, high blood pressure, and high-fat diets.
In addition to a balanced diet, physical activity reduces your risk of developing diabetes. Less than half of men over the age of 18 are meeting the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity on at least five days during the week. It is important to make the time in your day to be physically active. Staying active should be fun, so find something you enjoy doing. Start off slow and gradually increase your physical activity to meet the current recommendations.
There are also many ways women can participate in Men’s Health Month. Encourage your brothers, sons, fathers, significant others, and male friends to get the appropriate health screenings each year, such as cholesterol screenings, blood pressure checkups, and prostate exams. Set the example and keep up to date with your own screenings as well. This Friday, wear blue for men’s health with your co-workers to celebrate and bring awareness to men’s health this month.
- Check in with your primary care physician for your yearly well visit
- Follow up and schedule your recommended health screenings
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Stay physically active
- Maintain a healthy weight
Sources: The American Heart Association, Men’s Health Network. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource