National Men’s Health Week – June 2013

National Men’s Health Week

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Photo: http://www.menshealthmonth.org

Beginning on June 10th, 2013 and concluding with Father’s Day on June 16th, 2013, National Men’s Health Week signifies an important time to recognize and improve upon men’s health. This year’s theme is “Let’s Talk About It,” which encompasses the issue of suicide among men and the concurrent tendency for them to be less willing to get treatment. While depression and other mental illnesses are extremely common among the human population, what is not common is men seeking professional help for it – unlike women and children. Therefore, this week, as well as the month of June, has been dedicated to promoting this certain aspect of men’s health. As Men’s Health Forum puts it, “health begins between the ears.”

Signs of depression in men:

1)     Fatigue

2)     Getting too much or too little sleep

3)     Stomachache or backache

4)     Irritability

5)     Difficulty with concentration

6)     Anger, hostility

7)     Stress

8)     Anxiety

9)     Substance abuse

10)   Sexual dysfunction

11)    Indecision

 

If you find yourself living with a number of these signs or are already suffering from depression, you are encouraged to seek treatment or therapy – something that all people have a right to, regardless of age or gender. The health aspects of social support – even from a family member or friend – are overwhelmingly beneficial.

In order to prevent developing depression, along with detecting signs from the above list, it is valuable to pay attention to memory and concentration. According to some doctors, deficits in these areas may be early warning signs of chronic illness. Also of benefit is an evaluation of your diet: make sure you are getting enough B vitamins, particularly folic acid. This can be found in many fortified cereals, as well as green vegetables. Folic acid levels are typically lower in people with depression, so addressing the deficiency may help in decreasing depression. In addition, exercise can improve blood flow to the brain, possibly serving as a quality replacement for antidepressant medications.

 

Listed below are suggestions by the CDC on how to create a healthier lifestyle.

  • Be Well-Rested

If the sleep you are getting is not of very good quality, your risks of developing chronic diseases increase exponentially, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression. Important to note is that, as people age, their sleep needs change as well. It is recommended that adults get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

  • Quit Smoking

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to immediately improve health, quitting smoking also reduces the risk of developing heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses. In addition, it reduces the risk of others contracting diseases and cancer.

  • Get Active

Exercise, as previously stated, is beneficial in every aspect of health, whether physical, emotional, or psychological. It is recommended that adults get at least 2.5 hours of activity per week, such as brisk walking or jogging, as well as muscle-strengthening activity.

  • Eat Healthy Foods

We are what we eat. Good health starts with a daily diet of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, minerals, and plenty of H2O. Remember to moderate your intake of high-calorie foods, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.

  • Relieve Your Stress

Chronic stress can amount to many ailments, both physical and emotional. Reduce your stress by staying under control, taking quality care of your body, maintaining social contact with others, and limiting drug and alcohol activity.

  • See Your Doctor Regularly

Regular checkups are essential for detecting hidden diseases or sneaky health problems. Some illnesses show few symptoms, and early diagnosis can make all the difference in health.  Also important is to track your blood pressure, blood glucose levels, cholesterol, and body mass index (BMI). The key to preventing diseases related to these is diagnosis and maintenance.

  • Get Vaccinated

Despite your age or gender, immunizations are essential for good health.

 

There exist a plethora of preventable health problems in men and boys throughout the U.S. and worldwide. By following these tips and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, early detection and treatment can help to save a bounty of lives. Promote the health of men and boys in your area by encouraging them to get healthy and visit a practitioner. Also, visit the following websites for more information:

 

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Photo: http://www.wiseregional.com

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/men/nmhw/

http://www.malehealth.co.uk/howRU

http://www.malehealth.co.uk/depression

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20521449_2,00.html

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