June is Men’s Health Month and encourages men of all ages to educate themselves about preventable health issues and get involved in their health care.
Men’s Health is celebrated annually and is dedicated to enriching men’s health and wellness through various national screenings and educational campaigns. You can show your support for Men’s Health by wearing something blue during the month of June.
Male Health in Seniors
Though Men’s Health Month is for boys and men of any age, there is a push to focus on the health of male seniors. Seniors must stay up to date on health facts and get regular checkups. Listening to their body’s needs will help them live longer and have a better quality of life.
Even if you or the men in your life are not feeling sick, it is still essential to see your doctor regularly and attend your annually scheduled exams. Research from the CDC shows that American men, on average, die five years earlier than women and die at a higher rate from leading causes of death. Johns Hopkins recommends a series of screening tests for men 65 and older. Some of their recommendations include the following:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Blood pressure
- Colorectal Cancer
- Diabetes mellitus, type 2
- Lipid disorders
In addition to annual exams, it is important to keep track of medications and take them as instructed. When prescribed multiple medications, you may need to create a list that organizes medications and dosage. When visiting any doctor, be sure to inform them of every medication you are currently taking to avoid potentially life-threatening drug interactions.
To some, it may seem like a no-brainer to contact a doctor when your feeling sick. Surprisingly research shows that 40% of men said that when they feel sick, they will delay getting medical care for several days, 17% said they would wait “at least a week” before seeking help. Even if it seems minor—reach out to your doctor. Especially as you age, it is important to seek prompt medical care when you aren’t feeling well; it may save your life.
Applying sunscreen daily may seem unimportant, but, up to 50% of Americans who live to 65 will have at least one skin cancer. Men, primarily Caucasian men, are at higher risk than other demographics. Reduce your risk and prevent further damage by protecting your skin during peak hours. If you must go out, generously apply sunscreen to any exposed skin and wear a hat and sunglasses.
Mental Health Stigma
Countless men struggle with their mental health and the stigma that surrounds it. Often men will suffer in silence because they are uncomfortable discussing their emotions or feeling vulnerable. Similar to physical illness, men will hesitate to seek care, and this can worsen the state of their mental health. Encourage the men in your life to be open and to talk about their emotions. While it may be difficult at first, they may soon find comfort in expressing their feelings verbally.
Men’s health issues undoubtedly deserve attention. Men should feel empowered to take charge of their health and seek appropriate care. It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep the discussions going year-round, not just during June.
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