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Natural Awakenings Dallas -Fort Worth Metroplex Edition


Men’s Health Week Priorities

International Men’s Health Week, observed from June 10 to Father’s Day, June 16, is intended to to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. It gives healthcare providers, public policy makers, media and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. Men’s health is a family issue, impacting wives, mothers, sisters and daughters, as well. Here are a few of the relevant aspects.

Mental health: Men often grapple with mental health concerns silently. Depression, anxiety and suicide rates remain high among men. Encouraging open conversations and destigmatizing mental health is essential.

Cardiovascular health: Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for men. Regular exercise, a heart-healthy diet and stress management play pivotal roles in preventing cardiovascular issues.

Prostate health: Prostate cancer affects one in nine men. Early detection through regular screenings can significantly improve outcomes.

Testicular health: Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men. Self-exams and awareness are vital.

Lifestyle: Men’s health is closely tied to lifestyle choices. Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and poor nutrition impact overall well-being. There are important actions we can take to address the problem.

Regular checkups: Schedule annual checkups with a healthcare provider. Do not wait until symptoms arise.

Mental well-being: Seek professional help if struggling emotionally. It is appropriate to ask for support.

Physical activity: Engage in regular exercise. Even a brisk walk can make a difference.

Nutrition: Choose a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.

Screenings: Discuss age-appropriate screenings (prostate, cholesterol, blood pressure) with a doctor.

Community support: Connect with local men’s health organizations and support groups.

By fostering awareness, encouraging early intervention and promoting healthy lifestyles, men can be empowered to take charge of their well-being.

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