June is Men’s Health Month, a time to bring awareness and action to being healthy, safe, and encourage the men and boys in our life to make their health a top priority. In the United States more than 300,000 men are diagnosed with some type of cancer each year. The most common types are skin, lung, prostate, and colorectal. Lung cancer being the leader in deaths among men-most cases from smoking cigarettes. If you or a loved-one smokes, take the first step in quitting today, it’s never too late to stop.
Excessive alcohol use is another factor in men’s health. Men are more likely than women to drink heavily and consistently have higher rates of alcohol-related deaths and hospitalizations. Abusing alcohol can also interfere with testicular function and male hormone production resulting in impotence and infertility according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Fruits and vegetables have many vitamins and minerals that may help protect from chronic diseases. Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, and fat.
Start taking care of your health today. See a doctor for regular checkups even if you’re feeling fine and get proper screening tests that are right for you. This is important to do because some diseases don’t show symptoms right away. Stay up to date on important immunizations and take note of any changes you may notice, like depression.
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