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National Men's Health Month (June)

June is National Men's Health Month. According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, men are more likely to smoke and drink, make unhealthy or risky choices, and put off regular checkups and medical care. The biggest threats to men's health can often be prevented. In this Nurse's Health Corner, we supply you with the top seven risks to men's health, compiled from statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other leading organizations. The top seven health risks to men are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, vehicle accidents, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and suicide.

Preventive measures for these health risks in many cases overlap. To decrease men's chances of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes or stroke, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This involves eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, limiting alcohol and tobacco use, including exercise in their daily routine, and effectively managing stress. In addition to these steps men should contact their physician about regular screenings for cancers they are particularly at risk for. Stroke risk can be reduced by managing chronic conditions such as high cholesterol or blood pressure and maintaining regular contact with your physician. Routine hand-washing and minimizing exposure to chemicals and outdoor pollution can limit potential risks for lower respiratory diseases. Finally, preventing vehicle accidents can be achieved through using common sense and remembering to buckle up and never driving under the influence or when tired. Suicide is often a result of depression. If you or a loved one experiences thoughts of suicide, call emergency services or go to the nearest emergency department for help.

Many of the leading health risks for men are preventable through smart lifestyle choices and effective management of chronic conditions. For more information visit:

Information provided by Megan Roper, student intern with Community Wellness at Augusta Health. To contact Dana Breeding, RN, relating to the information in this article, please call (540) 332-4988 or (540) 932-4988.