June is National Men's Health Month
We all need to pay closer attention to our health, but studies suggest men are more likely than women to overlook or ignore the warning signs of chronic conditions. According to menshealthmonth.org, men are more likely than women to smoke and drink, make risky choices and put off regular visits with their doctor. Men are also at a higher risk of developing heart disease, which can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis.
- On average, men live about 5 years less than their female counterparts
- Men have a higher death rate for most of the leading causes of death including cancer, heart disease diabetes and suicide.
- One in two men will develop cancer in their lifetime, compared to one in three women
- Men make half as many physician visits for prevention as women
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend these actions to take to stay healthy:
- Get Good Sleep
Adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Not getting enough Zzz’s can lead to chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and depression.
- Toss out the Tobacco
Quitting smoking can drastically improve your health and reduce your risk of developing heart disease and cancer. Need help with quitting? EAP can help. Call 855-378-7485 to get help today!
- Move more
The CDC recommends adults get at least 2 ½ hours of moderate-intensity activity every week. Aim for at least 30 minutes a day most days of the week; break activity up into smaller time periods to reach your goal.
- Eat Healthy
Aim to eat a variety of fruits and veggies each day. Fruits and veggies have vitamins that are vital to your health.
- Get Preventive Care
Schedule regular annual visits with your physician to check all of your biometric measures. For information about what a complete men's check-up includes, view this Men's Health at Every Age infographic: