Also home to Father’s Day, June is designated as Men’s Health Month, with a focus on heightening the awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Anchored by a Congressional health education program, Men’s Health Month focuses on screenings, health fairs, health education and outreach to encourage boys and men to seek regular medical advice and attention.
Alarmingly, men die at higher rates than women from nine of the top 10 causes of death, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. One-hundred years ago, women lived, on average, one year longer than men, while that has stretched to nearly five years today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Workplace deaths, heart disease, skin and lung cancer, gout and diabetes also affect men in greater numbers than women.
While men are far less likely to see a doctor regularly than women, consistent check-ups can screen for everything from high blood pressure to heart disease, from depression and anxiety to prostate health, among others. In addition to making prevention a priority, all men can benefit from a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Recognizing that “healthier men live happier, longer lives,” The Men’s Health Resource Center, managed by Men’s Health Network, offers information on various issues and conditions, as well as how health issues are interrelated. Wear Blue Day, on Friday, June 14, is celebrated by organizations and individuals to show concern and compassion for the health and well-being of boys and men.
June is a great time for men to schedule or attend an annual check-up, make any updates or changes to diet and lifestyle, and prioritize their health for the rest of the year and for the rest of their lives.
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