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Men: Be Attentive to Your Own Health

June is National Men’s Health Month, a month dedicated to promoting prevention, early detection, and treatment of disease and injury among men and boys by encouraging them to seek regular medical attention. Regrettably, men’s’ health is often overlooked and their symptoms are often ignored.

Heart disease, cancer, and accidents are the leading causes of death in Alabama men. Some diseases and conditions may not have symptoms, so getting regular checkups can help diagnose health issues before they become problems. Men should be alert to signs and symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive thirst, and problems with urination. If you have these or other symptoms, be sure to see your doctor right away.

The following are some important ways for men (and also women) to improve and maintain their health:

  • Quit using tobacco.
  • Avoid excessive drinking. If you drink alcohol, have no more than two drinks per day.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Increase physical activity.
  • Eat healthy food.
  • Drink more water.
  • Tame stress.
  • Schedule regular checkups.
  • Keep track of your readings for blood pressure, blood glucose, and cholesterol and follow your health care provider’s recommendations.
  • Get vaccinated.

Women outlive men by an average of five years, and a factor that may cause this gap in longevity is that women seek and receive medical care earlier and more often than men.

Healthier men lead happier lives, so step up to the challenge. Be a positive role model for your family and community by making lifestyle changes that can help lower your risk.

June is the perfect time to schedule your annual checkup, so contact your health care provider today. More information is available at alabamapublichealth.gov/menshealth.

Scott Harris, M.D.
State Health Officer

(June 2018)

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Page last updated: June 5, 2018