National Men’s Health Month

Studies show that men are less likely to visit the doctor’s office than women and skipping out on checkups and appointments could carry detrimental risks. Regular doctor’s visits often provide early intervention and treatments for health conditions that can become far more problematic if left undiagnosed. June is National Men’s Health Month, dedicated to raising awareness, especially of preventable health problems; encouraging early detection/treatment; and ensuring that men make their health a priority.

One way to honor National Men’s Health Month is to participate in screenings and health fairs, and to schedule those doctor exams.

To recognize Men’s Health Month, here are some common health concerns for men, including cardiovascular disease, enlarged prostate, and testicular problems that may go undetected.

Cardiovascular Disease

Another term for cardiovascular disease is atherosclerosis, which means “hardening of the arteries.” Ultimately, cholesterol plaques gradually block the arteries in the brain and heart which can lead to blood clots. Once that blocking occurs, a heart attack or stroke can happen. Heart disease and stroke are the first and second leading causes of death worldwide, and taking a few steps can drastically lessen the chances of suffering from either condition. Increasing exercise to 30 minutes a day, most days of the week can help battle cardiovascular disease, as can eating more fruits and vegetables. Men should also have their doctors check their cholesterol every five years, beginning at age 25.

Enlarged Prostate

“Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia” is known as enlargement of the prostate, which can lead to male incontinence. Males that experience urinary incontinence have accidental leaking of urine and often need to seek treatment. Medication to help ease the frequency of the issue is often prescribed, but there are other alternatives such as incontinence supplies for men. In recent years, these products have become more discreet in appearance and more comfortable – and can help ensure men can continue to participate in activities they enjoy.

Testicular Health Issues

Men of all ages can suffer from various types of testicular health conditions, including testicular pain or scrotal pain, epididymitis and hydrocele. Men experiencing any of these issues should see a doctor. Between doctor’s visits, self-examinations for lumps can help with early detection of cancer, which leads to early treatment and better patient outcomes.

We encourage all men to take advantage of National Men’s Health Month and make their health a priority!

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