June is National Men’s Health Month

There are facts that a silent health crisis is in America…it’s that fact that, on average, American men live sicker and die
younger than American women. One of the reasons is that women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual
examinations and preventive services than men. Men have higher death rates for all of the 15 leading causes of death (with the exception of Alzheimer’s disease) and die more than five years younger than women. Men’s health issues don’t affect only men; they have a significant impact on everyone around them. And because women live longer than men, they see their fathers, brothers, sons, and husbands suffer or die prematurely. Women typically pay better attention to their health than men and can help men to adopt healthier habits. Some of the problems facing men’s health can be solved within an individual family with a few simple changes. Other problems need to be addressed by society at large and require the support of women not only in the family, but also as health care providers, activists, authors, and contributors to social values and attitudes. Most men are taught from an early age to cope quietly with pain instead of telling others about their ailments. Being told, either by family or peers, that big boys don’t cry over skinned knees often leads to reluctance to seek medical attention for health afflictions decades later, especially if symptoms are related to sexual health or not plainly visible.
The male denial factor is unrelated to occupation, age level, race or socioeconomic status. No matter how smart a man is, no matter what kind of professional status he’s achieved, he can still ignore things he shouldn’t ignore and pay the unnecessary consequences.
There are some health issues that are common to both and then there are some that men have a higher rate of such as hearing loss, men are 2x higher to have hearing loss then women. Another one is Testosterone is linked to elevations of
LDL, the bad cholesterol, and declines in HDL, the good cholesterol that can lead to a lot of other issues such as cardiovascular disease. Which is why fewer people are aware that men are more likely than women to develop the disease earlier and die at younger ages and close to 90% of sudden cardiac events occur in men and that for half of the men who die, the first symptom of heart disease is death.
One of the reasons for Men’s Health month is to bring awareness of issues in men’s health. One of the keys to improving the overall health of men, even more
than we currently see, is for men to become better informed about managing risk and treating underlying conditions that lead to high death rates and then to take charge of their own health as a first step on your journey to beat the odds. Know your numbers for Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, PSA, Blood Sugar and BMI. Get screened for health issues, if you have insurance most screenings are covered at no cost or low cost, since prevention is a key factor is fighting health issues. Talk with your doctor about your health issues, if needed write down the questions that you want to ask so you don’t forget. Knowing what we do and don’t face is a lot less stressful than the fruits of a vivid imagination.

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