June is a month to celebrate the men in our lives who we call Dad. However, just as important is the celebration marking June as Men’s Health Month: A time to heighten the awareness of preventable and potential health problems. It’s a way to help encourage early detection and treatment of urology-related conditions such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and other conditions among males.
Many health conditions can be detected early with regular or annual checkups. It’s important to keep an eye on things like blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, prostate health and more as you get older. Regular checkups and age-appropriate screenings can improve your health while offering early detection to increase your chance of beating the problem. As we get older, the benefits of earlier screenings, especially if you are a member of a high-risk group or have a family history of a disease, can be the key to saving your life.
Get moving. While weight loss is usually the goal of exercising, being active has far more benefits that pertain to your overall health. Staying active throughout the day is one of the best ways to increase your energy, boost your mood, lower cholesterol, decrease blood pressure, prevent diabetes, reduce the risk of a heart attack and other diseases and improve your overall quality of life.
Sometimes making all the necessary changes needed to live a healthy life is easier said than done. Start by taking small steps toward your health like opting for a nutritious breakfast instead of the sugary muffin you walk out the door with every morning or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Consider adding a vegetable or a piece of fruit to every meal. By adding different foods to your diet, you are allowing for more vitamins and minerals to nourish your body.
Every little thing we do throughout our daily lives is building up to something greater. It’s important to remember that knowledge is power; the more you know about your family history and the risks involved, the better prepared you’ll be in prevention efforts. Spread the word about Men’s Health Month and make sure every loved male in your life is living well.