Men’s Health Month celebrates awareness, prevention, education and family and was created to increase awareness of preventable health problems, while encouraging early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. At Sharon Hospital, we understand your love for the important men in your life. Here are six ways to help your man improve his overall health.
- Encourage checkups – An annual visit with a primary care physician is important for every member of the family! Unfortunately, as men age, they become more at risk for the “silent killers”, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Health concerns and symptoms should always be discussed with a doctor.
- Eat well – Trade his beer for a glass of wine, and that steak for some grilled tuna, full of omega-3 fatty acids. Reduce salt, which can raise blood pressure.
- Exercise – According to the CDC, about 50% of men don’t exercise regularly and for those who hit the gym regularly, if you are not mixing cardiovascular exercise with weightlifting, then you’re missing out on a good heart workout!
- Reduce stress – Chronic stress is a risk factor for heart disease. Consider participating in deep breathing or relaxation exercises, or pick up a new hobby to help lower anxiety.
- Quit smoking – Including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, low-tar and low-nicotine cigarettes, smoking puts men at a high risk for heart disease. Offer support to break the habit, or suggest speaking with your primary care physician for help.
- Maintain and monitor medications – It can be difficult to remember a daily medication for a condition with no symptoms, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Encourage a scheduled time to take meds everyday.