Men’s Health Week is recognized each year in June during the week leading up to Father’s Day. The purpose of the week is heighten awareness of preventable health problems commonly diagnosed in men, and to encourage men to see a doctor for routine screenings that can help detect diseases early.
“Men are at an increased risk of multiple disease processes that can affect their quality of life and shorten their life expectancy if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner,” said Jackson Hatfield, MD, primary care physician at Archbold Primary Care.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), men die five years sooner than women. While no single factor is the cause, heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes consistently are atop the list
“Making healthy choices daily can help one avoid many diseases and conditions that are commonly diagnosed in men,” Dr. Hatfield added.
Dr. Hatfield recommends the following lifestyle choices for men who want to be proactive about their health.
• Eat healthy. Consuming a healthy diet is one of the most important things men can do to help prevent chronic medical conditions. Fueling bodies with healthy foods provides the nutrients and energy men need to stay healthy. A diet low in fat and cholesterol and high with fruits and vegetables improves your health while preventing disease.
• Stay active. Next to eating healthy, exercising 30 minutes a day has been proven to combat disease and make men healthier and happier.
• Get enough sleep. Sleep allows the body and mind to rest and recover from the stress from the day.
• Drink alcohol only in moderation. It’s recommended that men drink a maximum of 1-2 drinks per day (12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of liquor). Excessive consumption of alcohol can cause liver problems and mental health issues, among other diseases.
• Say no to tobacco. Tobacco contains over 4,000 chemicals which can result in cancers of the mouth, gum disease, high blood pressure, heart disease and issues involving the lungs.
• Visit your healthcare professional regularly. By getting yearly examinations, we are more likely to recognize worrisome symptoms, diagnose diseases early, and more effectively treat medical problems when they arise.