June is all about our men (ladies, have their turn in July), a month devoted to men’s health and increasing awareness of preventable diseases. Many chronic illnesses affect whole generations of men. Nearly 1 out of every 2 adults is impacted by at least one chronic disease, most of which are preventable. Education and awareness are the first steps towards action and Men’s Health Month provides a nice opportunity to educate, reflect, and start down a path of prevention.
One action every man can easily take is to get regular checkups from a medical professional. It is reported that women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men. Men’s Health Month implores all men to visit the doctor and seek medical advice and treatment. Men need to do this early and regularly to help combat chronic diseases. The second step is to take some time to honestly assess your current behaviors. It’s important that you lead by example. Start by asking yourself:
• Do I smoke?
• Do I exercise regularly?
• What are my eating habits like? Am I eating enough fruit and vegetable?
• Do I consume too much alcohol?
• Do I drink enough water (8 cups of water a day is recommended)?
If you find yourself answering in the negative to any of these questions, it’s time to come up with a plan of action to make your life better. Smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet, and excessive consumption of alcohol are all directly related to the development of chronic diseases that affect men. Enlist the help of your loved ones, your parents, your partner, your children, your friends, and even your coworkers to help keep you on track in taking actions that will help you be more energetic today and healthier tomorrow. You are in charge of the direction of your life and Men’s Health Month is the perfect time to start making positive decisions that will positively impact the course of your life!