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June is Men’s Health Month and with Father’s Day coming up, now is a great time to stress the importance of men’s health. Let’s face it, men smoke more, drink more alcohol, make riskier choices and put off seeking healthcare. Some aren’t even aware of what their health risks are. When men are aware of health concerns important to them, they can do a better job of taking care of themselves.
Here’s why I think it’s important to discuss this topic.
- Men are 24% less likely than a woman to have visited a health care practitioner in the last year.
- Men who are overweight, obese, or physically inactive are at greater risk for high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes and other health problems.
- 40% of men are smokers compared to 9% of women. Smoking can not only cause cancer, but can cause erectile dysfunction and damage to the DNA in sperm which may lead to infertility.
- Men make up over 75% of suicide victims in the United States. Depression may be different for men. Emotional and physical tension are signs of stress and may put you at risk for anxiety, depression and other health problems.
- Over 50% of men in their 60s and as many as 90% in their 70s or older have symptoms of an enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
- Men are more frequently diagnosed with serious digestive-related conditions because they are less likely to seek help for heartburn, acid reflux, and other digestive symptoms until they have become a real problem.
Making Healthier Choices
Making healthy choices includes consulting health professionals and becoming educated on the preventative measures that are important for your health. This includes diet, exercise and positive mental health. Here are a few things you can do to improve your health.
- Educate yourself about risk factors and symptoms associated with heart disease, diabetes, digestive related issues and cancer. Get regular check ups or screenings. (See my free offer below).
- Clean up your diet to limit sweets, breads and dairy. Men should avoid fatty foods and a diet high in animal proteins to lower cardiovascular risk. Increase your intake of high fiber vegetables and fruits. Limit high calorie beverages like fruit juices, sports drinks, alcohol and sodas, and drink water instead. Here are other dietary suggestions.
- Seek help for digestive/GERD symptoms before your condition deteriorates. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are natural choices that work quickly and can help you avoid having to take some more heavy duty medications.
- Most men don’t realize that some of the physical symptoms like chronic pain and digestive problems could actually be caused by depression, anxiety or stress. Seek professional help to manage and navigate emotional problems and stress. Chinese Medicine looks at the body and mind as one, and offers help by triggering your natural “feel good” hormones and helping you to get out of “fight or flight” mode.
- Get moving to avoid energy decrease and to keep belly fat off. Exercise is also a mood enhancer and stress reliever.
- Quit smoking! Acupuncture and herbal medicine can be helpful to reduce your cravings.
- Make it a point to get at least 7-8 hours of good sleep to improve your immune system, mental health and increase energy. If this is an issue for you acupuncture can be of great benefit.
By taking charge of your health and adopting healthy living habits that include eating healthy, being active, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress, drinking in moderation, and being tobacco free, you are investing in your future and your family.
For the month of June, I am offering free health screenings for men that includes a blood pressure check, and Chinese Medicine tongue and pulse diagnosis. Just call 678-871-9642 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.