Five Health Risks- Men’s Health Month

As we focus on Men’s Health we wanted to start off with the most common health issues men face. Many health concerns are often preventable unfortunately, men put their health last and justify that since they are working and active they aren’t at risk. Having a lack of awareness, poor health education, and unhealthy work and home environment has caused a decline in the overall well-being of men. A survey conducted by The Harris Poll found that 33% of men don’t believe they need to attend their annual checkups with their primary doctor. Shockingly, 65% believe they are just naturally healthier than others.

Preventative care is essential to staying on top of one’s health. Attending annual checkups regardless of age and general health is important. While your first appointment can be nerve-racking, building trust and foundation with your doctor will help you become more comfortable for future visits. Remember any issues or changes you have noticed are can be prevented and managed if detected early enough.

To stay healthy, here are five common health mistakes men should avoid making:

  • Not attending regular checkups.
    • The best way to stay in tune with your health is to attend routine appointments. Having your cholesterol, blood pressure and heart monitored is important as changes can happen over time. Being aware of health risks and diseases together you and your physician determine which screenings you should or should not have.
  • Continuing to Smoke.
    • Approximately 14 of every 100 men in the year 2020 reported smoking cigarettes. Middle-aged men are four times more likely to die from heart disease. Other risks from smoking include lung disease, cancer, and stroke. Talk to your doctors if you need help quitting.
  • Skipping an exercise routine.
    • Aim to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. By skipping regular exercises it can lead to physical problems such as Coronary Heart Disease, strokes, and high blood pressure. Maintain your health by focusing on your stamina, strength, and suppleness. Start slowly and stick with activities that are best for you like yoga, swimming, or cycling.
  • Ignoring chronic pains.
    • Many times when you have a persistent pain your body is trying to tell you something. Watch out for signs that are out of the ordinary or are causing you extreme pain that lasts longer than a few days. Chronic Pain Syndrome occurs when pain lasts from 3 to 6 months or more. It is important to schedule an appointment with your doctor and keep a log of what you are experiencing.
  • Avoiding Mental Health issues.
    • Unlike women, men are less likely to talk about emotional problems and ignore their psychological pain. Each year over 6 million men suffer from depression which often goes undiagnosed. Surround yourself with people who are positive and willing to talk to you about what you are experiencing. While some may or may not recognize their behaviors and triggers, it’s important to seek counseling for support.