Since it is Men's Health Month, June is a time for men to focus on themselves and their health.
Father's Day isn't the only special occasion in June. The entire month is dedicate to the awareness of men's health issues. The goal of Men's Health Month is to raise awareness of preventable health problems as well encourage men to be proactive in early detection.
Get ready for June by putting these lifestyle changes into action.
Stop smoking, now!
Smoking is linked to many illnesses including heart disease, lung cancer and lung diseases. However, a study has revealed that smoking accelerates the decline of mental function in middle-aged men, affecting the man's ability organize, plan and pay attention.
Maintain a healthy weight
A BMI (body mass index) in excess of 25 is considered overweight, with 30 or higher being categorized as obese. Being overweight increase your risk for coronary heart disease, hypertension and other health problems. Before you embark on a diet and exercise regimen, check with your doctor.
When you exercise, your are strengthening a very important muscle – your heart. Adding 30 minutes of exercise, five times a week can aid in weight loss, improve your heart health and lower your cholesterol.
Make an appointment
Women are much more likely to seek preventative health care than men. In fact, a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that the rate of doctor visits for such reasons as annual examinations and preventive services was 100 percent higher for women than for men. Talk to your doctor about when you should receive routine screenings such as prostate exams and a colonoscopy.
Drink less alcohol
Consuming too much alcohol has many negative health effects. Men are more likely than women to drink alcohol excessively. According to the CDC, men have a higher rate of alcohol-related deaths and hospitalizations than women. Excessive alcohol consumption is associated with cardiovascular problems, depression, liver disease and cancer.
Start your month of June off right with a check-up. To ask any health questions or for a physician referral, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5120.