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Men's Health Month

This Month Is All About The Fellas

In celebration of National Men’s Health Month this June, we’re calling all our brothers to give your health the attention it deserves. Seriously, when did you guys last see your doctor? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men are 80% less likely than women to consult a doctor on a regular basis. This means that unless men have a medical emergency or extremely sick, going to the doctor is not a priority. There have been several studies and surveys done before on the real reason why men put off their doctor’s visit. From not having the insurance, time, money to plain stubbornness or lack of belief in doctors, men face a variety of health risks just because they refuse to get preventative care. On average, men live about five years less than women. They also have a higher death rate for the most leading causes of death in the U.S. including cancer, heart diseases, and diabetes. That’s why this June, let’s show how tough men are by actually making sure that our health is in perfect condition.

Things That Men Can Do This June

There are many things that you can do to show your support to National Men’s Health Month. You may want to get started by visiting their website at menshealth.org and browse through their different events planned out for the month. Many of these activities aim to raise funds for the continuing research in finding a cure for men-specific diseases such as prostate and testicular cancer.

If there’s nothing that peaks your interest, you may also do these simple things:

  • Be a good example- Schedule a comprehensive wellness exam with your primary doctor to get your blood pressure, cholesterol, heart health, and prostate health checked. You may also want to invite your dad or brother and make this a boy’s day out. However, if that feels a bit awkward for you, encouraging them to do the same will be just fine.
  • Participate in “Wear Blue Day”- This 2017, June 16 has been designated as Wear Blue Day. Men, as well as women, can wear blue on this day to show their support for Men’s Health. You can share photos on social media to raise awareness or actually have an event planned out where private organizations or individuals attempt to raise funds for education about the different needs of men’s health.
  • Start the conversation on social media- Men’s Health website has provided a social media toolkit, which includes helpful literature that you can share with your followers. The website also has banners, posters, and other images that you can add to your profile photo to show your support.

This June, show the world that real men can and should care about their own health by going to the doctor. By simply showing other men how important regular checkups and screening exams are, you not only contribute greatly to this campaign, you have also committed yourself to a lifetime of good health.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare providers.

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