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June Is Men’s Health Month

My Hubby and I have an ongoing ‘argument’ about who has to die first…. I know — morbid, right? Actually, we each say we have to be the first to go, because we don’t want to have to live without the other one. Unfortunately, statistics aren’t on my side for winning that argument…

Did you know that “men are dying an average of 5 years younger than women and lead 9 out of 10 of the top causes of death”? (1) That’s what makes Men’s Health Month so important.

Banner with figure of a man and the words June is Men's Health Month

To help remind men of the importance of taking care of their health, the month of June has been designated as Men’s Health Month. According to MensHealthMonth.org (2),

The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.”

MensHealthMonth.org

In addition to Men’s Health Month, June 15th through the 21st is Men’s Health Week. This week, let’s give the men in our lives some love, even if it has to be a little tough love. You see, in general, men don’t see a doctor for a routine physical exam as often as women do. Sometimes, they may need a little nudge to encourage them to make those appointments.

Men, if you haven’t done so lately, now would be a good time to review your health. Have you seen your Primary Care Provider in the last year? Have you had a physical this year? Do you know your heart health numbers? Do you have any preventive screenings due?

Preventive Health Screenings for Men

You may have heard that old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Preventive screenings can help us catch problems early and make adjustments to our lifestyles if we need to.

Also, as we talked about in Is Your Chronic Illness Hiding a Problem, the earlier the doctors catch potential issues, the more treatment options we have and often, the less invasive those treatment options have to be.

So what kind of preventive screenings to men need to have?

I found several resources that talk about the different types of screening you may need, based on your age. I hope you’ll take a look at them and determine if you need to have any of these screenings done.

https://www.menshealthnetwork.org/library/pdfs/GetItChecked.pdf

https://www.health.harvard.edu/mens-health/routine-screening-tests-for-men

https://brighamhealthhub.org/prevention/10-essential-health-screenings-for-men

https://www.cedars-sinai.org/health-library/prevention-guidelines/prevention-guidelines-for-men-50-to-64.html

How Can We Support Men’s Health Month?

In addition to encouraging the men in our lives to take care of their health, we can help raise awareness on Social Media. MensHealthMonth.org has an entire Social Media toolkit we can use. It has graphics and suggested posts we can share with all our friends.

Puppy in a blue shoe with text: Don't Forget to Wear Blue Friday June 19,
#ShowUsYourBlue, @MensHealthMonth,@MensHlthNetwork

We can also participate in Wear Blue Day on June 19th. This is an awareness campaign created by Men’s Health Network. The goal is “to raise awareness about the importance of male health and to encourage men to live longer and healthier lives, and give women an opportunity to encourge them to do so. Many people take advantage of less stringent work attire to show their support of men’s health by wearing blue.” (3)

We often see information on Women and Children’s Health, but it seems we don’t place as much emphasis on Men’s Health. It’s time for that to change. Let’s start with Men’s Health Month.

Preventive screenings save lives. I know many of us (including me) would rather do almost anything else, but these check-ups really are vital.

Gentlemen, are you proactive with your health and wellbeing? How do you make sure you’re taking care of yourself? Ladies, how do you support the wellness efforts of the men in your life? Please share!

Blessings,

~ Terri

Sources:

(1) Men’s Health Month Toolkit, http://www.menshealthmonth.org/mens-health-month-toolkit.html

(2) Men’s Health Month, www.menshealthmonth.org

(3) Wear Blue Day, http://www.menshealthnetwork.org/wearblue/friday/

***** All images are courtesy of Men’sHealthMonth.org

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8 comments

  1. Fantastic way to provide a gentle nudge in the right direction for the guys, and for the friends & family to help encourage them to look after their health. My father, who’ll be 72 this year, is awful with all things medical. Severe ‘white coat’ syndrome, he calls it. I almost had to physically drag him to the doctor a few years ago because something got so severe that even he had to admit he needed to go. He’s been back since about his rheumatoid arthritis but my god does he panic and stress and try to get out of going! He knows he’s not in the best of shape and has issues with his lungs, which breaks my heart more than I can say, but he won’t get checked out properly. He flat out refuses. He doesn’t submit to any of the screening programmes. His view is that he’d rather not know. I wonder if this is also a little of the age thing here though as I imagine if he were in his 20s or 30s he’d see the point in being proactive. Anyway, it really is difficult to make some men (or ladies, I’m sure) keep on top of their health or seek help, but it’s worth persevering. I’ve always encouraged any partners I was with in the best to do mini MOTs of their health and get things checked out etc rather than putting something off and saying ‘it’s probably nothing’.

    Ramble over. Excellent post, Terri! xx

    1. Our Dads sure can be stubborn, can’t they? 😊 It’s doubly hard when it’s our parents we’re trying to encourage, I think. I know with my Pop, I have to find a balance between being pushy about things but expressing concern if I think it’s warranted. I’ve met a lot of people like your Dad who say if something’s wrong, they’d rather just not know. All we can do is encourage them to be proactive and then just let them make the decision. Thanks for your kind words sweet friend! Sending hugs!

  2. So I guess I could say that fortunately, statistics are on my side :o) ~ yeh me! Or, quoting one of my favorite characters – Enrico Pollini – from one of my most favorite moves ever – Rat Race (what a non-stop laugh fest – laughing that hard for that long is going to kill me sooner than anything else!!) – “I’m winning, I’m winning!”

    All kidding aside Terri, though laughing together with one another is one of our favorite pastimes, I’m having way too much fun being with you to leave too awful early. Experiencing everything life can throw at us while by your side is the second greatest joy of my life (I know that you know what the first is, as I know it is yours too), one which I am doing my best to extend by having my annual medical and dental check-ups, getting every screening recommended, exercising, and why I do my best to eat as much of that delicious Mediterranean style food you cook for us most every day (I do, of course enjoy our food cheat days when, to quote Elf (another of our favorite non-stop laugh fests) we eat from my favorite “four food groups: candy; candy canes; candy-corn; and sugar”.

    So I want to remind every man out there that looking after your own health is actually one of the best ways you can express your deep and abiding love – which none of us men-folk do very well – for your family. The truth is that we cannot take care of them if we are not here! Our wives and children depend on us to protect them and be there for them, even giving us a superhero status as we do, but we are not invincible; we like to believe we are going to live forever, but we won’t! The True truth is that death assesses the value and worth of no man when it comes for them, so sticking our heads in the sand and pretending like we can hid from it is just downright, well, silly.

    Oh, and for the benefit of your many readers, like you, this is actually one “race” I pray we cross the line of together – what a glorious thing it would be to meet the Author of life while holding your hand . . . of course I’m very glad to be jogging towards it with you and not trying to pick-up the pace :o) – slow and steady my love, slow and steady . . .

    1. ….And so our ‘argument’ continues…😁 Seriously, though, I’m grateful that you are so proactive with your health. I especially love what you said about looking after your own health being one of the “best ways you can express your deep and abiding love” to your family. It’s so true! When you do what you can to take care of yourself, you let your family know you think they’re worth sticking around for. I love you Baby!

  3. That’s so funny Terri, my wife and I had the same talk as well. I truly feel that men really need to take care of themselves when they get older. A lot of my friends have that 20-30 year old mindset that nothing bad will happen to them. But I on the other hand have always been conscientious about my health and always had annual checkups, tests regularly done and so forth. I am however lacking on the dental aspect side of things which I am trying to work on despite my phobia.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Mark! I’m glad to hear that you’re conscientious about taking care of your health. I know what you mean about some men having that 20-30-year-old mindset. I’m thankful my Hubby is like you and is a stickler for making sure we have all our preventive check-ups. He’s actually better about it than I am…. I call him the keeper of the calendar. He puts all our due dates in his Outlook so we are sure to make those appointments. Ugh….the dentist! We go every six months, but I absolutely dread it every single time. Luckily, we have a great dentist and hygienist who know how stressful it is for me so they do everything they can to make me comfortable. Take care and stay well my friend!

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