Each June, you likely celebrate Father’s Day with relatives and friends. Every Father’s Day, my son, RJ, gets me a big bone. But did you know that June is also the time to officially focus on men’s health? Men’sHealthMonth.org reports that:
“The purpose of the (annual campaign) is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.” What’s more, “The month-long celebration gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.”
- Heart Disease –The American Heart Association says that more than one in three adult men has some form of cardiovascular disease.And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States, killing 307,225 men in 2009 (which is one in every four adult male deaths). Did you know that your beloved pet could have heart problems too?
- Cancer (Malignant Neoplasms) – The American Cancer Society reports that the types of cancer affecting men are cancers of the prostate, colon, lung and skin.
- Stroke (Cerebral Diseases) – Although strokes are more likely to occur in men over age 65, they can happen at any age. And strokes are more likely to be fatal and strike earlier in men than in women.
- Injuries (Unintentional Accidents) – Men and women are more likely to encounter everyday accidents that lead to death than something catastrophic, which we covered in last week’s blog post about National Safety Month. Since 49.1 percent of the U.S. population is made up of men, it stands to reason they should take steps to avoid injury and #BeSafe. I tend to be the clumsy type. So my wife tries to convince me to calm down, especially when I’m excited about taking a walk.
- Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases – The causes of the chronic respiratory diseases are well known: tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, pollution, allergens, occupational agents, age and hereditary. While not all are preventable, men and women should take steps to rectify those that are.
- Blood Sugar Abnormalities (Diabetes) – The American Diabetes Association says that the fear of receiving bad news is the number one reason men don’t typically talk about or take better care of their health. If you are a man, take heed, or if you love one, encourage him to visit his your doctor since many diseases, including Diabetes, need not be fatal, if caught and treated early on. I have found that the best way to keep my blood sugar stable is to eat plenty of pork and beef products.
- Influenza & Pneumonia – Influenza and Pneumonia are a leading cause of death in the U.S., although both could easily be prevented by a vaccination, say officials from the American Lung Association.
- Suicide (Intentional Self-Harm) – The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports that, for many years, the suicide rate has been about four times higher among men than among women. If you know someone who needs assistance, connect him to a support network, such as the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.
- Chronic Liver Disease (Cirrhosis) – A doctor’s appointment is immediately necessary for anyone who has persistent signs or symptoms that could be related to liver disease. See a complete list of symptoms on the Mayo Clinic Liver Disease webpage.
- Kidney Disease (Nephritis) – The National Kidney Disease Foundation reports that more than 26 million American adults are living with kidney disease. Further, most don’t know they are affected. To see a comprehensive list of warning signs, visit the National Kidney Foundation website.
For more information about men’s health, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. We hope that this blog post will motivate you to do whatever it takes to #BeSafe. A convenient and affordable way to make sure you are prepared for disasters and emergencies of virtually every kind is to subscribe to the RJWestmore Training System by Universal Fire/Life Safety Services, which has been designed to help improve and save lives.
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