Father’s Day isn’t the only occasion for men to celebrate during the month of June. It’s also Men’s Health Week— a time to raise awareness about preventable health problems and encourage our loved ones to take proactive steps to maintain good health.
Protect Your Heart
Heart disease is the leading killer among men in America. Commit to making changes to protect your heart:
- If you smoke, plan to quit. Smoking increases the risk of heart disease 2 to 4 times that of a non-smoker.
- Make half your plate fruits and veggies and cut back on high-sodium, processed foods.
- Get moving! Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. You can keep your heart strong with backyard football, basketball or simply walking the dog.
Cut Cancer Risk
One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Take action to cut your cancer risk:
- Know the signs of prostate cancer. Any difficulties with urination, from difficulty in starting urination to pain or burning or blood in the urine, can all be signs of prostate cancer. If you have any symptoms that worry you, see your doctor.
- Request a PSA test. While not all doctors recommend a PSA for men without symptoms, it can lead to early detection of prostate cancer. To decide if the test is right for you, go to Prostate Cancer Screening: A Decision Guide.
- Think pink! That’s right- pink and red fruits and vegetables like pink grapefruit, watermelon and tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant lycopene, which may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Whether it’s at home,on the job or working out at the gym, injuries are another leading cause of death among men. So whether working or playing, here are some tips to stay out of the ER:
- Wear a helmet when rollerblading, playing hockey or riding a bicycle or motorcycle.
- Use proper form at the gym while lifting weights and always use a spotter.
- Minimize distractions when driving. Pay attention to the road, follow the speed limit and don’t text . If you’ve been drinking, ask someone else drive you home.
- Test all smoke detectors at home. Replace the batteries on a regular basis.
- Follow safety policies and procedures at work. After all, they were put into place to protect you!
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