Men’s Health Month
The month of June has been designated as Men’s Health Month, International Men’s Health Week falls on June 11-17 (coinciding with Father’s Day), and Wear Blue Day is on June 15. All of these special awareness periods and have been created to raise public health awareness for men and promote early detection of illness and preventative healthcare. For more info, access the resource center and/or health library on the Men’s Health Network (MHN), a nonprofit organization for male health information and education. To help spread awareness on this important topic, in this post we’ll discuss some of the health challenges men face and some tips and options men can take to better their health.
Men’s Health Challenges
In the United States, men can face different health challenges throughout different points in their lives. Some health problems may be minor and able to be treated fairly quickly; while others could have been prevented or may be more complex to treat. Research has shown, that males tend to delay going to the doctor for physical check-ups and illnesses. This can cause stress to the individual because prolonging the situation can do damage to the human body.
It has been proven that males have a shorter life-span than women by five years. As we know, most health conditions can be unpredictable on who will be diagnosed and at what point in their lives. Certainly, genetics can play a major role in whether a man is at risk of certain diseases or health conditions than someone whose chances are less likely.
Creating a Healthy Lifestyle
The first step to heading off preventable health problems and staying in peak condition is to draw out a plan to create a healthy lifestyle. A question to ask oneself is, “How can I be more proactive in living a healthy lifestyle?” Also, consider how you can make an impact in someone else’s life. You also may ask yourself, “What are my strong points, and in what areas can I improve?” In life, we are given choices and make decisions that can make an impact on our future. The best thing we can do is make a decision that best fits our individual need.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of American men and women. The warnings signs of heart disease may not show up during a routine checkup, which is why it may be difficult to diagnosis. According to the American Heart Association, some of the warning signs of a heart attack include chest pain, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, or irregular heartbeat. These are only a few signs to look out for and should be analyzed by a health professional. Ways to promote good heart health include maintaining a healthy diet and exercising frequently.
Mental Health is a major concern in the United States for Americans. The latest statistic from the State of New Jersey Department of Health shows that 1 in 5 adults have a mental health condition. This may be an alarming statistic to those who are not familiar with how prevalent mental health issues are. They can affect males and females of all ages, and education is important to bring awareness to people in need. Within three years, mental health in our youth has worsened with an increase in severe depression from 5.9% percent in 2012 to 8.2% percent in 2015.
Studies have shown that males are at a higher risk for mental health issues than women. In New Jersey, there are a number of males of all ages who are dealing with depression. Warning signs of depression may not be as clear to the person who is dealing with the illness; as well as to their loved ones. Some signs of depression that males are challenged are dealing with their emotions, angry or aggressive behavior, usage of drug and alcohol, and difficulty sleeping. All of these warning signs should be taken very seriously and evaluated by a health professional.
An individual who is depressed may be in danger of committing suicide. According to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th cause of death in the United States. Men are also 3.5 times likely to commit suicide than women. The gender difference in suicide rates may seem alarming to most people. Men typically tend to keep things to themselves and are more reserved in their emotions. If you are or know someone who is in danger of committing suicide, please seek immediate help. The sooner the illness is treated the better; it can save a life.
Alcohol abuse is seen more in males in the United States than females as well. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 62,000 men die annually from alcohol abuse, which makes it the third most preventable death in the United States. Because the rates of alcohol abuse are high, it also increases the risk of automobile accidents. The drinking alcohol in excess can also do damage to the human body. Alcohol can damage the liver and cause permanent damage which can be fatal. Someone who puts themselves at risk of alcohol abuse may increase their chances of being diagnosed with cancer of the mouth and esophagus to name a few.
Although smoking rates have decreased within the last decade in the United States, the concern of usage is still present. More men are diagnosed with lung cancer than women. If men smoke as part of their lifestyle, it is important that they go to the doctor and get screened regularly for early detection of lung cancer. Most cancers are treatable if detected in their early stages.
There are several resources available for men dealing with mental addictions. Please do not hesitate to reach out to organizations and agencies across the state and in your community. You should not have to deal with any health conditions alone. Education is always paramount because it focuses on prevention and treatment for the individual.
Men’s Health Tips
At Carrier Clinic, we want the best treatment plan for our patients. Some tips we suggest men take to care of their health are as follows:
- Don’t smoke.
- Schedule regular checkups and doctor visits when necessary.
- Take mental health and addiction seriously and learn to recognize the warning signs of a problem.
- Eat healthy foods and exercise regularly.
By following these steps, we can increase the chances of men living longer and healthier lives. We want to make a difference in our patient’s lives and be part of their journey in being successful.
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