June is National Men’s Health Month, a campaign started in 1992 because of the staggering facts surrounding men’s health and wellbeing. Men make half as many physician visits for prevention compared to women. This month serves as a time to raise awareness of the preventable health problems men can face and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men. Check out the tips below to take control of your health!
- Find a doctor and see that doctor. Choose one you're comfortable with so you can talk openly and honestly about all aspects of your health and wellness. Unfortunately, men have a tendency to ignore key symptoms like chest pain, vision loss, and black stools. Just because you are feeling well doesn’t mean you are well, so be sure to schedule regular appointments with a physician you trust.
- Get informed. You want to be sure you understand your symptoms but not so informed that you are self-diagnosing a condition. Monitor any symptoms that pop up and write them down as you notice them. Be knowledgeable about your risk factors so you can take any preventative measures needed.
- Vary your workouts. When you are always doing the same workout your body gets too comfortable and doesn’t work as hard. Mix it up with age-appropriate exercises like aerobics, muscle strengthening and stretching.
- Eat to thrive. Getting enough nutrition is crucial. Focus on nutrients rather than calories and eat a variety of healthy foods. You can’t achieve optimum nutrition with limited choices.
- Prioritize sleep. Sleep is not something you should compromise. Getting at least seven hours per night is the best way to take care of your body and mind. Don’t try to overcome sleep deprivation with exercise or coffee.
- Mental health. If you have a family history of mental illness, suicide and/or substance abuse, talk to a mental health professional to help you review the signs and symptoms. Practice mindfulness and meditation to help you stay in touch with what’s going on in your body and mind.
- Care for your prostate. The prostate grows as you get older. A healthy, low-fat diet will reduce the likelihood of prostate growth and may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.