Time To Check Out Your Guy—For Health Issues!
National Men’s Health Week focuses on overlooked problems.
Father’s Day is coming up, and whether you’re celebrating it with your dad, your sweetheart or your husband, one of the best gifts you can give him is an awareness of the health problems he might face, and how he can solve them.
The federal Centers for Disease Control celebrates National Men’s Health Week from June14-20. The agency said it’s aiming for a greater understanding not only of existing preventable health problems for adult men, but also the importance of early detection and treatment of disease among males of all age groups.
As part of its guidelines for male health, the CDC suggests eating fresh fruits and vegetables and exercising (teens should get one hour of exercise per day, while men should be active for two and a half hours per week).
The agency also emphasized the need for wearing helmets, seat belts, sunscreen and insect repellents. These safety precautions are especially important for guys aged 20 to 44. In that age range, according to the CDC, “unintentional injury” is the leading cause of death.
Among men 45-54, the leading cause of death is heart disease, while among men 55-64 it’s cancer—both conditions that can be prevented by developing good health habits when younger. And it’s never too soon to start: studies have shown that some teenagers and young men already have high cholesterol levels, a risk factor in developing heart disease.
Always check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program.
Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.