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Father's Day is upon us, and it is the perfect time to honor and celebrate all the amazing dads out there. But as we celebrate this special day, it is important to remember that June is also Men's Health Month. This month-long observance is all about raising awareness on the health issues that affect men and promote healthier lifestyles among men and boys. So this Father's Day, let us recognize the importance of good health in fathers' lives and start taking steps towards a healthier future.
1. Men's Health: The Current Landscape
It is no secret that men's health has been an overlooked topic for years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men are more likely to die from the top 10 leading causes of death than women. Some of these leading health issues include heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes, among others. The pandemic has also highlighted significant health disparities between men and women. Hence, it is vital to put a spotlight on this issue and make necessary changes.
2. Taking Charge of Men's Health
The most effective way to improve men's health is by taking a proactive approach. Regular health check-ups and screenings are crucial in detecting and preventing potential health risks. Additionally, making lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and quitting smoking, can help prevent chronic diseases. It is also essential to have a support system, whether it is a health professional or a family member, to help maintain good health.
Regular health screenings are a crucial aspect of maintaining good health, so don't neglect them. Here are six important screenings to consider, along with basic guidance to help you understand when and how often you should get them:
Blood Pressure Check - get this routinely to know if you're at risk for heart disease, stroke or kidney disease.
Cholesterol Check - this test is recommended starting from age 18 and you should have it performed annually and if there are abnormalities then every 3 months. It determines your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Diabetes Screening - Keep your blood sugar levels under control to minimize the risk of complications to your heart and nervous system. Stay ahead of the game by screening regularly with your primary care provider. Find out if you're at risk, and take the steps necessary to keep your blood sugar levels under control. Your health is worth it!
Skin Cancer Check - Men are more prone to skin cancer, so keep an eye on any unusual changes that might take place on your skin and discuss them with your doctor.
Prostate Screenings - Discuss with your doctor whether prostate screenings are necessary for you based on your age and family history.
Colonoscopy - Starting at age 45, or earlier if there's a family history, colonoscopies can detect colon cancer's stage.
3. The Importance of Mental Health
Mental health has been a topic of conversation over the last year and a half. This is because the ongoing pandemic has taken a toll on people's mental well-being, and men are not exempted from this. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding mental health issues has prevented men from seeking the necessary help and support. Therefore, it is essential to talk openly about mental health issues and encourage men to seek the services they need to improve their quality of life.
4. Fatherhood and Health
As a father, taking care of your health is just as important as tackling fatherhood's many challenges. Often hardworking and dedicated to their families, fathers must prioritize their well-being to ensure they can provide for their loved ones. By maintaining good health, fathers can avoid chronic illnesses that could hinder their ability to be present and engaged in their children's lives.
5. Honoring Fathers and Promoting Health
Father's Day is not only about celebrating the sacrifices and hard work of fathers but also about promoting health. This Father's Day, let us take the time to appreciate fathers and encourage healthy habits in their lives. Making a healthy meal, going for a walk or engaging in an outdoor activity with dad, scheduling a health check-up or screening, or sharing resources on men's health are some of the ways to promote good health and honor fathers on this special occasion.
Fatherhood is a precious gift, and it is essential to keep good health to enjoy the moments that come with it. This Father's Day, we need to shift the narrative and recognize the importance of healthy living, especially in the lives of fathers. As we celebrate the fathers in our lives, let us raise awareness on men's health issues and promote healthier lifestyles. By working together, we can support every father on their journey to good health.
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