The month of June is National Men’s Health Month. This month is especially important because men’s health often gets overlooked.
Men live on average 5 years less than women and have higher rates of death compared to women. The main reason behind this is that 1 out of 3 men do not visit the doctor regularly, meaning their medical problems go undiagnosed. According to the CDC, women between the ages of 14 to 44 are 56% more likely the visit the doctor than men their own age.
Studies have shown that men avoid visiting the doctor because of fear, denial, embarrassment, and threatened masculinity. So this month, remind the men in your life that it’s okay to talk about any health issues they may be facing. You only have one life so why not make it the best it can be? Don’t be afraid! Be a man about your health!
What Does It Mean to Be Healthy?
Many people categorize being “healthy” as being free of disease, but really it’s more complex than that. The World Health Organization defines health as the “complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. What can you do to be at your healthiest?
- Stop smoking
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Engage in physical activity every day
- Eat a heart healthy diet full of fiber
- Maintain good blood pressure and cholesterol
- Continue routine medical care and physical examinations
- Have screenings for prostate and colon cancer
- Keep mentally active
- Maintain close relationships with a circle of friends
- Seek help if you have symptoms of depression
Remember, the manliest thing you can do is have regular checkups and take care of your body!