National Men’s Health Week
The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
12 Tips for Men to live longer and better
- Practice preventive maintenance. This includes stress management, diet and exercise, self-exams and not ignoring warning symptoms.
- Know your numbers. You need to know what laboratory tests should be done, what they mean, and how changes can be important. If you are unsure of these things talk to your health care provider about what tests you should have and what your results mean.
- For most medical problems, there are multiple treatment options. Whether this be heart disease, cancer, diabetes, the enlarged prostate, impotence or low back pain, many alternatives are available with advantages and disadvantages. You must be involved, since you will be impacted most by the decision.
- Cancer doesn’t always cause symptoms. Cancer, the second leading cause of death, can be prevented in most cases and certainly cured if caught early.
- Know the seven signs of cancer according to the American Cancer Society. CAUTION is the word to remember (Change in bowel/bladder habits, A sore that doesn’t heal, Unusual bleeding or discharge, Thickening or lumps in breast, testicles or elsewhere, Indigestion or difficulty swallowing, Obvious change in the size, color, shape or thickness of a sore, Nagging cough or hoarseness).
- Nutrition is also important, not only in preventing heart disease and cancer, but in feeling your best.
- Exercise can not only prevent heart disease, cancer and depression, but it can also improve well-being.
- Practice safe sex. One in four Americans has a sexually transmitted disease, and it can affect anyone and everyone.
- Impotence is not always a sign of aging.
- Most male problems affect the female. Women are involved in male health, from sexually transmitted diseases to impotence (a recent study out of Massachusetts indicates that one in two men over the age of 40 has problems with erections), to birth control and the fact that, statistically, a woman will be a widow for seven years.
- Know your family history. Many problems are inherited, and knowing those for which an individual is at risk can lead to prevention or early detection.
- Practice healthy habits: exercise, nutrition, visiting the doctor and others.
The ultimate goal of Men’s Health Week is to direct men down the path that will lead them to longer and more satisfying lives.
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