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June is Men’s Health Awareness Month

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By Elizabeth Akincilar, MSPT, Cofounder, PHRC Merrimack

 

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month and it’s an important reminder of the need to prioritize preventative care and wellness for all. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, men are more likely to experience serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, diabetes, suicide, substance abuse disorders and COVID-19.[1]

 

It is important for all men – no matter their age – to be proactive in understanding their family health history so that they can take steps to prevent illnesses from affecting them later on in life. This includes regular visits to the doctor for preventive care such as screenings for high blood pressure, cholesterol level checks, prostate exams and mental health assessments.

 

Eating a healthy diet, engaging in regular physical activity, limiting screen time, getting enough sleep, managing stress levels, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are also great ways to keep your body fit and healthy in the long run. Taking ownership of your own health should not be taken lightly!

 

Which preventive care screenings are recommended for men?

Generally, men should have a physical exam every year and regular blood pressure, cholesterol level checks, prostate exams and mental health assessments. In addition to these tests, men should also talk to their healthcare provider about getting tested for HIV, hepatitis B and other sexually transmitted infections once in their lifetime. Other testing recommendations may include:

  • liver function tests
  • diabetes screening
  • cancer screenings for colorectal cancer and skin cancer

 

What about current men’s health statistics?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the top five causes of death among men are:

  1. heart disease
  2. cancer
  3. unintentional injuries
  4. chronic lower respiratory diseases
  5. stroke

The leading causes of death among men in the United States vary depending on age group, with unintentional injuries being highest among those aged 1–44, heart disease highest among those aged 45–64 and cancer highest among those 65 and older.

In terms of non-fatal health conditions, the most common include:

  • obesity
  • high blood pressure
  • coronary heart disease
  • diabetes

Thus let us use Men’s Health Awareness Month this June as an opportunity to talk more openly about our health needs and take steps towards improving them today!

 

Resources:

It’s National Men’s Health Week!

Male Pelvic Health: Erectile Dysfunction Causes & Treatments

Hard Flaccid: Causes, Treatments, and Symptoms

Why Do Men Develop Penile Pain? Plus video resources!

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Are you unable to come see us in person in the Bay Area, Southern California or New England?  We offer virtual physical therapy appointments too!

Virtual sessions are available with PHRC pelvic floor physical therapists via our video platform, Zoom, or via phone. For more information and to schedule, please visit our digital healthcare page.

Melissa Patrick is a certified yoga instructor and meditation teacher and is also available virtually to help, for more information please visit our therapeutic yoga page

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