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What You Should Know About Men’s Health

June kicks off Men’s Health Month. Find out what common health issues affect men, and what you can do to prevent or treat them.

June 14, 2018 | HF Healthy Living Team

Men’s Health Month is a great opportunity to raise awareness of men’s health issues. Because men have special health concerns, it’s important to know how it may impact you or the men in your life.

Protecting your health is important at any age, and it’s never too late to start making healthier choices. Here are tips to help you stay on top of your health.

Visit Your Doctor

Did you know that men are less likely to visit the doctor than women are? Whether you’re feeling okay or just don’t have the time, you should always get a checkup at least once a year. Doing so can help you prevent future health problems. Here are six questions to ask your doctor at your next visit to keep you on top of your health.

Live a Healthy Lifestyle

While men are known to have a shorter life expectancy than women, it shouldn’t be a reason to completely disregard your health. Kick bad habits to the curb and learn how to live well. From improving your eating habits to exercising regularly, you can avoid chronic health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and more. To learn more about your weight and how to watch your waistline, take this quiz.

Take Care of Your Heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for one in four men in the U.S. Because men are more likely to overeat, smoke, or drink alcohol, their risk of developing heart disease is greater than women’s. If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, talk to your doctor to help you manage your lifestyle.

Prevent and Treat Cancer

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in men. The cancers most common among men are prostate, lung, and colorectal. Based on your family history, lifestyle, and age, your doctor will recommend certain cancer screenings. That’s why you should visit your doctor regularly for early detection and treatment.

Know Your Sexual Health

Your sexual health is important. As you get older, you may have health issues that include low sex drive, infertility, or more. Don’t feel embarrassed to talk with your doctor about any sexual problems you’re experiencing. It could be a warning sign of a more serious health issue. Check out these tips to help you manage your sexual health.

Protect your Heart and Mind

Depression can affect both men and women, but men are less likely to discuss their feelings and seek help. Men who experience depression and refuse to seek treatment may place stress on their body as well. Check out these four easy ways to help you manage stress now. Remember, your mental health is important, and knowing how to cope can help you take care of yourself and others.

Talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing any signs or symptoms that affect your physical or mental health.

 

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