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June is Men’s Health Month

OK guys, time to get screened and live longer

Most men take their cars in for a tune-up more often than they visit the doctor. We avoid going to the doctor whenever possible – unless they’re bleeding or on fire – so we often skip vital screenings that can detect life-threatening conditions such as cardiovascular disease. What’s more, men are more often injured in accidents and more likely to order the bacon double cheeseburger than the chop salad, and to have one more beer for the road – which can lead to multiple risk factors.

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What kills most men?

Getting checked out by your doctor can catch small problems before they become big problems in these areas:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Depression and Suicide
  • Diabetes
  • Alcoholism

According to the US Office of Health and Human Services, these risk areas are relatively the same for men across racial and ethnic boundaries.

What’s your heart up to these days?

Heart disease is the number one killer of men over 40. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you get tired and winded after exercise or activity?
  • Do you often experience pain in your neck or chest?
  • Does this pain sometimes extend into your shoulders or arms?

If the answer to any of these is “yes,” you should first and foremost schedule an appointment with your provider as soon as possible to discuss these symptoms with them. You should also do some preventative care, under your provider’s guidance, such as:

  • Get your cholesterol checked
  • Incorporate physical activity into your daily schedule
  • Quit smoking
  • Eat more fruits and veggies

The US Office of Health and Human Services recommends making half your plate fruit or veggies at every meal.

Stomp out the butts

Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, and can increase your risk of erectile dysfunction (now there’s a reason to quit). Plus, having more wind will help you exercise longer, which will contribute to your overall health. Not to mention not smelling like an ashtray.

Prostate problems

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer among men – almost 60% higher among Black/African-American men says the CDC. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to detect. An annual exam and simple blood tests can give you and your doctor a heads-up. Treatments for this are normally quite effective and survival rates are high.

*This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or diagnosis from a physician or qualified healthcare professional.

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