National Men’s Health Month
What Men need to know about Heart, Mental and Prostate Health
By Rosalie Schiappacasse, MS MSW, Nutritionist and Registered Dietician
Did you know that on average, men live 5 years less than women? June is all about the fellas because it’s National Men’s Health Month. What can we do to close the gap? You can help raise awareness about men’s health issues like prostrate and testicular health and general wellbeing. Whether you’re a man yourself or a woman who cares about the men in her life, see these tips on ways you can help promote men’s health this month.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men, slightly higher than cancer. Many of our clients suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking addiction, high cholesterol, physical inactivity, diabetes and being overweight, all of which negatively affect your heart. If you suffer from any of these, let us help you. Nutritional and Behavioral Care in Fairfield County and Westchester County can work with you to create a personalized eating plan that will specifically address your health concerns and get you back to better heart health. We also supplement our nutritional care with specialized behavioral counseling because smoking and weight-related health needs are often accompanied by long-held cravings and addictions. Dealing with your issues is a key part of your success.
Men die by suicide an average of 3.5x more often than women. White males account for 7 of 10 suicides in 2015. White middle-aged men, in particular, have the highest suicide rate.
Your mental health affects everything: your mood, your physical health, your behavior, how you sleep, your appetite, your relationships, your social life and how you perform at work. We all have our ups and downs; it’s perfectly natural to have moments of sadness, anger and frustration. However, if those feelings last more than two weeks, it’s time to contact a professional. Depression is treatable.
If you are a man in your 40s, it’s time to have a conversation with your physician about getting screened for prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends men have a chance to make an informed decision with their health care provider about whether to be screened for prostate cancer. After a discussion, the target age for a man’s first prostate screening is age 50 for a person who is average risk and younger if he is considered high risk.
If you don’t know what your prostate is or what it does, you’re certainly not alone. Most men don’t, but you really should. More than 30 million men suffer from prostate conditions that negatively affect their quality of life.
Over 50% of men in their 60s and as many as 90% in their 70s or older have symptoms of an enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Each year approximately 220,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 30,000 will die of it.
Prostatitis is an issue for men of all ages and is the most common prostate problem for men under age 50. *
*Source Prostate Health Guide
The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.
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