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Celebrating Men's Health Month

June 15, 2017 at midnight


What started as Men's Health Week in 1994 soon encompassed the entire month of June in the years that followed. Initiated by the Men's Health Network and supported by Congress through a health education program, Men's Health Month is celebrated in the US through outreach and health education activities, fairs, screenings, and media attention.

Men's Health Month is about raising levels of awareness about gender-specific health problems. It's also about dealing with these problems by encouraging prevention as well as seeking medical advice and treatment early in the stages of injury and disease.

Men's Most Stringent Health Problems

Prostate Cancer

One of the most common cancers in men, prostate cancer will be responsible for an estimated 26,730 deaths in 2017. It is among the leading causes of cancer deaths among men in the US and will be diagnosed in an estimated 161,360 patients this year alone.

Beyond the age of 40, most men suffer from a benign prostate enlargement, a health problem that decreases quality of life through symptoms like frequent urination and a slow urinary stream. The American Cancer Society encourages men to begin screening for prostate cancer around the age of 50, while those who register a higher risk should consider it earlier.

Cardiovascular Diseases

Cardiovascular disease (CDV) is the leading cause of death in men in the US. Statistics show that more that 39 million men, a third of all US male citizens, are afflicted by CDV. Roughly 392,000 of them die each year. Cardiovascular disease is also a leading cause of disability.

CDV is an encompassing term for a large number of health issues related to the heart and blood circulation, like high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, atrial fibrillation, heart attacks, strokes, and atherosclerosis. Among the factors that can cause CDV are high rates of obesity and smoking. 16.7 percent of American men are smokers.

Mental Health Issues

While deaths from cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes are in steady decline, the number of suicides in the US is on the rise by 24 percenthttp://www.menshealth.com/health/suicide-rates-middle-age-men in the last 15 years. The majority of deaths occurs among middle-aged men. On average, out of four suicide victims, three of them are male.

Although women are twice as prone to anxiety and depression, they are also more inclined to seek medical treatment sooner and more often than men do.

Recommended Lifestyle Choices

Eating Healthy

A balanced diet can prevent the onset of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Fruits and vegetables consumed daily will supply the right amount of vitamins and minerals. Sugar, an excess of salt, and alcohol are to be avoided.

Getting Enough Sleep

An adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. Not getting enough sleep can cause fatigue and elevate levels of stress which, in turn, can lead to more serious health problems.

Being Active

Research has shown that an adult needs a minimum of two and a half hours of moderate aerobic activity each week. Major muscle groups should also be targeted for strength training at least two times a week.

While we can't prevent men from having any of the aforementioned health problems, Texas Spine & Joint Hospital can help men to be more active. Don't let an aching joint or back keep you from being active and fit. Visit www.tsjh.org or call 903-525-3300 to schedule a consultation.

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