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Men’s Health: Lessons Learned

by Louise June 22nd, 2017 | Prevention
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manJune is Men’s Health Month. Did you know that June 10-16 was National Men’s Health Week? Some organizations hosted special events for the occasion. The purpose of the event was to increase the awareness of preventable health problems, as well as to encourage early detection of disease among males. Though the month is now drawing to a close, the lessons learned are of course always relevant. Here are some of the biggest topics from Men’s Health Month:

Managing Stress – Stress is perhaps ones of most overlooked health related concerns, so we put it first on the list here to give it some attention. Men and women alike face stress in daily life. Some stress can be good, as it might help you find the adrenaline to complete a deadline; however, sometimes stress can start feel unmanageable, and that’s a sign to take action. Alleviate stress by connecting socially or staying active. Take care of yourself by taking care of your stress before it seems out of control.

Healthy Eating – We can go on and on about ways to improve your diet: eat less sodium, eat more fruits and vegetables, go easy on the red meat, etc. There are so many recommendations that it can be hard to keep track and would be nearly impossible to implement all changes at once. Why not pick just one or two realistic ways that you can improve your diet, and you might find that improves your life while increasing your protection from chronic diseases.

Sleeping Well and Moving More – One of the ways to stay on top of your health is to make sure that the body is well-rested. This can mean anywhere between 7-9 hours per night for an adult. Go ahead, use your health as an argument to catch some extra winks on Saturday morning, but don’t let extra sleep detract too much from your necessary physical activity. If only there were more hours in a day.

Staying Ahead of the Game – Unfortunately, diseases can develop even when you’re doing everything the healthy way. Take one of the most important steps towards staying healthy: see your doctor for a regular check-up. Certain conditions do not have symptoms in their early stages, yet can be caught at a check-up to keep the condition from reaching the next level. You can help your doctor out by paying attention to some key symptoms, such chest pain, excessive thirst, or problems with urination. Any of these symptoms are a legitimate reason to schedule an appointment.

One of the biggest takeaways from the event is that there are a multitude and a variety of ways that men can work toward a healthier life. All of the actions are a step in the right direction, and the more steps that are taken, the better.

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