June is Men’s Health Month and June 11-17 is also Men’s Health Week. This began back in 1994 when Congress designated June as a time when men should commit to schedule physical exams at regular intervals. In addition, physicians, and family members are encouraged to urge their men to get serious about their health.
June: Current Stats
Mortality rates for men are not good. Their life span is five years less compared to women. In addition, men have higher mortality rates for nine of the top 10 causes of death. They are also less likely than women to have insurance coverage.
June: Men’s Health Reminder
The American Medical Association (AMA) recommends that men do the following:
Get enough sleep. Not getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night is bad for your health. It affects your heart, circulatory system, and can lead to diabetes and hypertension.
Schedule physical check ups at regular intervals. Most of the factors that contribute to men’s shorter, less healthy lives are preventable. And that prevention starts with seeing a doctor on a regular basis. Adult men in the United States visit doctors at lower rates than adult women. Establishing baselines for factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, and PSA (a screening test for prostate cancer risk) helps the doctor to catch dangerous conditions early, when they’re still treatable.
Exercise Is Important. Maintain a regular exercise schedule. Stay consistent and dedicated as the effort is very worthwhile. Exercise lowers blood pressure, elevates mood, is great for the heart, and burns loads of calories. You don’t need any special expensive equipment, just try walking 30 minutes a day, 3-5 days a week. You should seee the physical and mental benefits within a few short weeks.
Proper Diet. Eat foods that are high in fiber content. Choose leafy green vegetables, low fat dairy products, and unsalted almonds or cashews. Carbohydrates are great but eat them in moderation. Of course, do not smoke and limit your alcohol to 1 drink a day, at most.
The Men’s Health Network, a DC-based nonprofit that helped pass Men’s Health Week, promotes the important role that fathers have in the lives of their children. Staying healthy is the key.