According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14.9% of men aged 18 and over are in fair or poor health.1 June is National Men’s Health Month! The purpose of this month is to raise awareness of preventable health issues and encourage regular checkups and screenings to help maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. In honor of Men’s Health Month, here are a few important guidelines for staying on top of your health.
Screenings & Checkups
- Blood Pressure Screening: Beginning at age 20, have your blood pressure checked every year. If you have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, consider getting screened for diabetes. That screening may include a blood test and a urine test.
- Cholesterol Test: Most men should have their cholesterol checked every year starting at age 35. But you may need to have your cholesterol checked earlier if you use tobacco, are overweight or obese, have diabetes or high blood pressure, have a history of heart disease, or if a man in your family had a heart attack before the age of 50.
- Cancer Screenings: Men should have their first colonoscopy at age 50. If there is a family history of colon cancer, talk to your doctor about having a colonoscopy at an earlier age. If you are 45 years or older, consider talking to your doctor about screenings for prostate cancer.
- Physical Exams:
- If you are 20-39, get a physical exam every three years.
- If you are 40-49, get a physical exam every two years.
- Beginning at age 50, get a physical exam every year.
- Men should get annual eye exams and visit the dentist twice a year.
How to Observe National Men’s Health Month
- Diet: Cut back on alcohol and up your intake of healthy fermented foods.2
- Set Goals: Set small attainable goals to get your health where you want it to be. Examples include eating more vegetables, losing weight or gaining muscle.2
- Education: Read more about common health issues that are specific to men. For starters, check out the statistics listed below.2
Men’s Health by the Numbers
- Men are more likely to die from heart disease at earlier ages.3
- Men have an increased risk of dying from diabetes.3
- Only 30% of a man’s health is determined by his genetics. 70% is controllable through lifestyle.3
- Inactive men are 60% more likely to suffer from depression than those who are active.3
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