(written by MyHealthStyle Coach Manager Trecy Marr)
With Father’s Day being in June it’s no surprise that it’s also Men’s Health Month. I happen to have a man in my life that I want to see live a long healthy life with me. We as wives, mother’s, daughter’s, sister’s, aunt’s and friends of men, need to encourage them to get regular health check-ups. Whether you like them or not, without a man, you wouldn’t be here today reading this.
“Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.” A quote by Congressman Bill Richardson.
According to Men’s Health Network, the purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. “There is a crisis in men’s health. Because of poor health habits, lack of health insurance, failure to seek medical attention, and dangerous occupations, men live sicker and die younger than women. Men die at higher rates for 9 of the top 10 causes of death. This includes deaths from cancer, diabetes, suicide, and accidents; and diseases of the heart, kidney, and liver.“
Most of us know about the signs and symptoms associated with heart disease, stroke, prostate cancer and other more common men’s health issues but I’ve added three concerns that men need to get checked for on a regular basis that tends to be overlooked.
- DIABETES: Did you know you can have diabetes and NOT know it? Diabetes can go undetected for years unless you get checked for it. Men who have diabetes are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease, stroke, kidney disease and vision problems.
- DEPRESSION: Men are more likely to commit suicide due to depression because more women tend to seek out help through medication and or counseling. If you are a man and just can’t seem to shake the blues or you think your man isn’t his normal perky, cheerful self for an extended period, you or your loved one may be suffering from depression. This isn’t something to take lightly or dismiss. There is never any shame in asking for help.
- SKIN CANCER: When it comes to any outdoor activities or playtime we don’t apply sunscreen as frequently as the directions tell us to. And if we are playing in or near the water we are less likely to reapply when it wears off. A tan might be nice, but being told you have to have part of your body removed due to cancer isn’t so nice. You should get a full body screening by a Dermatologist at least once a year.
For Men’s Health Month, let’s show our love for all mankind and let the men in your life know you want them around for a long time. Please share this information with your spouse, your father, uncles, brothers and your friends. You literally could be saving their lives through early detection and prevention.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads reading this. Please stay healthy for your kids!
Written by Trecy C. Marr, INHC, AADP, MyHealthStyle Coach Manager