June: Men’s Health Month
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. Regular checkups and age appropriate screenings can improve your health and reduce premature death and disability. Members of high risk groups, or those with a family history of a disease, should consult their health care provider about the need for earlier screening.
It is vital to never ignore your symptoms. Men are usually more reluctant to see a doctor than women, which may account for lower male life expectancy. If sick or injured, allow yourself time to heal and take advantage of support groups through a hospital, church, a therapist, or even the internet. According to CDC statistics the top 10 leading killers of American men in 2010 were heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, diabetes, suicide, alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease and influenza and pneumonia in descending order. All of these, with the exception of unintentional injury are lifestyle related diseases.
According to the Blueprint for Men’s Health, “more than half of premature deaths among men are preventable, but you can’t prevent a problem if you don’t know it exits.” Remember, you have the power to take charge of your health. In addition to leading a healthy lifestyle, schedule your routine checkups as recommended.
The KeepWell Center offers a number of free and low cost screenings such as Cholesterol, Blood Pressure and Vascular to help you take care of yourself. We also offer an array of programs through the Calvert Can. Eat Right, Move More, Breathe Free program.
Be sure to engage in a healthy lifestyle program today to optimize your wellness potential.