Men’s health awareness promoted

National Men’s Health Week begins the week before Father’s Day and serves as a way to heighten awareness of preventable health problems, promote healthy living and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

In the United States, some of the leading causes of death in men include cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer – including lung, prostate and colorectal cancer. Every male, regardless of age or physical fitness level should take the appropriate actions to lower the risk of these and other conditions affecting men.

HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital and Prevea Health offer the following six ways men can improve their health:

Get regular exams. Ask your doctor about screening tests for certain diseases and conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Also, ask how often you need to be examined.

Eat healthy. Nutritious foods give you energy and may lower your risk of certain diseases. Focus on eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fat-free milk products.

Find time to exercise. Regular exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It's important to start slowly and gradually increase your level of activity.

Be smoke-free. Smoking is linked to many of the leading causes of death including cancer, lung disease and stroke. If you smoke, quit today!

Avoid heavy drinking. Heavy drinking can lead to many problems including high blood pressure, various cancers, psychological problems and accidents. For men 65 and younger, drinking in moderation means no more than two drinks per day. Men older than 65 should have no more than one drink a day.

Bring down stress levels. While everyone experiences stress at times, a prolonged amount of stress can affect your health and ability to cope with life. The best ways to manage stress in hard times are through self-care.

For more information on Men’s Health Week please visit: www.menshealthweek.org


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