June of each year is recognized nationally as Men’s Health Month. It's intent is to heighten awareness of preventable health problems commonly diagnosed in men, and to encourage men to see a doctor for routine screenings that can help detect diseases early.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), men die five years sooner than women. While no single factor is the cause, heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes consistently are atop the list.
“Pay attention to yourself and how you feel. If something feels wrong, see a doctor,” said Jason NeSmith MD, physicians at Cairo Internal Medicine. “It's also just as important to see a doctor regularly for annual check-ups. Often times diseases are detected early through regular screenings. And when we find diseases early, treatment options are often much more favorable."
Dr. NeSmith recommends the following lifestyle choices for men who want to be proactive about their health.
- Eat healthy. Eating healthy is one of the most important things men can do. Fueling bodies with good foods provide the nutrients and energy men need to stay healthy. A diet low in fat and cholesterol and high with fruits and vegetables improves your health while preventing disease.
- Stay active. Next to eating healthy, exercising 30 minutes a day has been proven to combat disease and make men healthier and happier.
- Get enough sleep. Sleep allows the body and mind to rest and recover from the stress from the day.
- Say no to tobacco. Tobacco contains over 4,000 chemicals which can result in cancers of the mouth, gum disease, high blood pressure, heart disease and issues involving the lungs.
- Stay up-to-date. Men need to stay up-to-date on the different diseases they may be susceptible to. Know the symptoms and research the best ways to avoid these diseases.
- Visit your healthcare professional regularly. Men are extremely less likely to schedule regular checkups compared to women. By getting yearly examinations, men are more likely to recognize symptoms and catch diseases early.