Happy National Men’s Health Month!
The entire month of June is dedicated to heightening the awareness of preventable health problems, and encouraging early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
Here are five ways to be on your A game this month:
- Get the ball rolling. Make your health a priority and see your health care providers for a comprehensive checkup. Checkups can detect and diagnose issues early or before they become a problem. Certain diseases and conditions may not have symptoms; so it is always a good idea to see your health care providers regularly.
- Keep your eye on the ball. Pay attention to signs and symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive thirst, and urination problems. If you notice any of these or other symptoms, be sure to see your health care providers right away. They can be a sign of a more serious condition.
- It’s a numbers game. Keep track of your numbers for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, and body mass index (BMI). Irregular numbers can indicate health problems. Your health care providers can explain what they mean and how to get them to a healthier range. Be sure to inquire about necessary tests and how often you need them.
- Stay on par. Make sure you are up to date on all your vaccinations. Everyone, at every age, needs immunizations to stay healthy. Even if you’ve received vaccinations in the past, immunity can fade over time. Vaccine recommendations are based on a variety of factors including age, weight, overall health and medical history.
- Go the distance. Continue your pursuit of a healthy lifestyle and stay active. It’s recommended that men get two and a half hours of moderate to intense physical activity a week. Getting a good night’s sleep and taming stress can also help you feel more rested and ready to take on the day. Also, be sure to eat a balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables.