4 Tips for a Healthy Mind and Body
We all have those special men in our lives-the ones we don’t want to live without. However, men are at a higher risk for certain illnesses and medical conditions. For example, compared to women, men:
- Have a 5-year shorter life expectancy
- Are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer (1/2 of men, 1/3 of women)
- Are 4 times more likely to commit suicide
- Are less likely to have annual health exams
- Are less likely to address mental health issues
Chronic illnesses, like heart disease (the #1 killer of American men), cancer, and long-term effects of workplace injuries, can be precipitating factors for depression. Symptoms in men are often misunderstood, including: physical complaints like pain, sleep disturbances, and digestive disorders; angry outbursts; and excessive risk-taking. But you or the men in your life don’t need to follow these trends. Here are 4 tips for healthier living:
- Don’t smoke–Being tobacco-free reduces risks for cancer, lung and heart disease.
- Visit the doctor–Yearly checkups can identify health issues before they become life-threatening.
- Eat healthy foods and exercise regularly–both contribute to improved health, both physically and mentally.
- Take mental health and addiction issues seriously–As the #7 cause of death in American men, depression and other mental health disorders need to be recognized and treated to enjoy a healthy life.
More than 6 million American men experience depression each year, which in itself creates an increased risk of chronic illness when left untreated. Talk openly with your doctor about how you’re feeling, or come to one of our free, anonymous screenings for depression, anxiety, or alcohol abuse.
For men’s health month let’s make an extra effort to acknowledge and address men’s unique health challenges. By breaking through the typical reluctance to see a doctor or health professional for care, we can realize a new trend in men’s health—one where men live healthier, longer lives!
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