June is Men’s Health Month and all across the globe men are being encouraged by friends, family and health care providers to be proactive about their health. It’s important for men to take preventive measures to protect themselves from illness and disease through regular screenings, health care visits, exercise, proper diet and nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle.
Father’s Day is right around the corner and now is a great time to remind men and everyone with someone special in their life to participate in Men’s Health Month. Here are tips for men to live a healthy and happy life.
Prioritize Prevention – See your provider today!
Men neglect taking care of themselves and according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control, schedule visits and screenings with their health care providers half as often as women. These visits are important for early detection of diseases which could save them from life-threatening illnesses.
Regular screenings include physical exams, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and prostate checks and blood tests. The benefits of earlier screenings are even more important for members of high-risk groups or those with a family history of disease.
Make an appointment for yourself, your husband or father, or other men in your life. Make a day of it and go out for lunch afterward!
Maintain a healthy diet
Start by taking simple steps! Skip the super-sized meal and say yes to a healthy lunch. Add a variety of foods to your plate to ensure you’re getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals required for a healthy diet. Eat at least one fruit and vegetable at every meal and commit to lean proteins like turkey, fish, and chicken; high fiber foods like beans, oats, and avocados; and whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat bread, and pasta.
Live an active lifestyle
Find an activity you enjoy and do it regularly. Whether it’s gardening, walking the dogs, playing a sport or chasing around kids or grandkids, get active and make a habit out of it. According to the CDC, regular physical activity helps improve overall health, fitness and quality of life while reducing the risk of chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and many types of cancers.
Avoid smoking and alcohol
There are many links from smoking to heart disease, lung disease, cancer and strokes. Likewise, with drinking alcohol, excessive use can lead to high blood pressure, cancer, liver disease and psychological problems.
Making a commitment to quit smoking and limit of alcohol consumption are two steps to improving your overall health.
Manage the stress in your life
Life can be stressful. Stress related issues may occur from several sources that may include both work and personal life. No matter the source, stress can affect health and increase the risk of heart disease, depression, and other health issues. It is important to identify the sources of stress and find ways to eliminate or reduce anxiety surrounding them. One first step is making sure to balance your work life with hobbies and down time.
Tri-County Health Care is here to help! Please call 218-631-3510 to schedule an appointment today.