Men: Time to take control of your health

Men: Time to take control of your health

Summer is as good a time as any for men of all ages to take control of their health. With June being National Men’s Health Month, it’s a great reminder that simple health steps can make a huge difference in the lives of men.
First, some facts:
— Heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death for men of all races, with the most commonly diagnosed cancers being prostate, lung, colon and bladder, according to the Center for Disease Control.
— The leading causes of death in men include: Heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, diabetes, suicide, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Now, some good news: In most of these cases, there is a lot you or the men in your lives can do to prevent, monitor and/or control these health issues. By doing so, you or the men in your life increase their life expectancy and can feel exceptionally better in the process.
Unfortunately, men are 24 percent less likely to than women to see a doctor for help, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
It’s time to end that trend and get healthy.

Prevention
The top causes of death in men – heart disease and many cancers – can often either be prevented and/or treated so long as they are diagnosed early.
Men should begin having their cholesterol and blood pressure checked regularly at age 35 and even earlier if he has diabetes, a family history of heart disease and smokes.
By the way, stop smoking, it’s one of the main contributors to a variety of health problems — namely heart disease and lung cancer. If high blood pressure and/or cholesterol are detected, it’s also a good idea to be checked for diabetes, which can lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and nervous system damage.
Also, men should start being tested for prostate and colon cancers as early as 45 and certainly by 50.
Men should also make a major effort to:
– Stay or get physically active;
– Make healthy food choices;
– Maintain a healthy weight;
– Drink in moderation;
– And manage stress effectively.

Monitor
Once you’ve taken the steps to begin preventing these health issues – say, by losing weight or quitting smoking – it’s important you don’t back off. Talk to your health care provider about how often you should be screened for many of these issues. Also, continue to maintain an active lifestyle and a solid diet.
If you are diagnosed with a disorder or disease or your doctor finds you’re on your way toward one, work hard to adjust your lifestyle and stay on top of the issue through the steps your healthcare provider plans out for you.
Don’t ignore the issue because whatever it is, it won’t go away or be kept at bay on its own. You need to take control of the issue and fight it as best you can.

The key to good health often boils down to a simple habit: Awareness. Don’t ignore issues that crop up and make sure you are staying on top of any problems that arise.
June isn’t the only month we should all be more aware of our own health, but it can act as a good reminder or trigger to get the ball rolling.

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