Men are all about fixing things – whether it’s a washing machine on the fritz or that ’68 Chevy he got for a steal last summer. But when it comes to their health, men often are a bit less resolute. To help jumpstart awareness and inspire a few new positive habits, Men’s Health Month is celebrated every June, anchored by a Congressional health education program and prompting screenings, health fairs, media appearances and other health education and outreach activities nationwide.
Here at Cenegenics Jacksonville, we want to make sure you’re aware of the top health concerns men face.
- Heart health: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the US, killing some 307,000 each year. That figure represents one in every four make deaths. Also, while a stroke actually happens in the brain rather than the heart, it’s associated with heart health in that a primary cause of stroke is atrial fibrillation, a common form of sustained heart rhythm disorder that can lead to blood clots and strokes. Upward of 2.8 million men suffer strokes each year.
COPD: According to the American Lung Association, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the third leading cause of death in America, and the rate of COPD has risen in men over the past years. It’s often caused by occupational hazards including asbestos, but smoking remains a top factor.
Alcohol: Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show men binge drink twice as much as do women, and face higher rates of alcohol-related deaths and hospitalizations. Health threats associated with alcohol use include cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver and colon. Plus, alcohol can interfere with testicular function and hormone production, leading to impotence and infertility.
Diabetes: Men with diabetes are at a heighted risk for sexual impotence and lower testosterone levels, both of which can cause depression or anxiety. And, when left untreated, diabetes can lead to nerve and kidney damage, heart disease, stroke, and vision problems or blindness.
Skin cancer: They tend to get more sun exposure and they’re less likely to visit a doctor. That’s why men over age 50 are at more than twice the risk of developing skin cancer than are women, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
To help make sure you’re on a healthy track, call Cenegenics Jacksonville at 904-674-0404. Our top physicians will help develop an age-appropriate program tailored just for you.