Throughout June, we are focusing on men’s health and working toward educating our community on ways to prevent illness and injury. In the United States, the top threats to men’s health include heart disease, cancer, lower respiratory disease, unintentional injuries, and stroke. There are certain measures men (and women, really) can take every day to prevent these illnesses in the long run.
At AFC Urgent Care Malden, we want to educate the public on the best practices to take for your health and safety. Learn more about our services and visit us today for any preventative or urgent care needs.
Preventing Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women. It can develop in men 10 to 15 years earlier than in women, so taking precautions early on is critical. To start, make sure you are visiting your primary care physician annually. They can test your cholesterol levels and make recommendations based on the results. High cholesterol can impact your heart. Keep your blood pressure at a typical level with exercise and healthy eating. Lastly, quit smoking and keep alcohol intake to a minimum. These both contribute to high blood pressure.
Certain cancers can only be prevented through early detection by annual visits to a primary care physician. Lung cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer are the three top cancers found in men. Prostate and colon cancer can be detected and treated through regular visits with a physician. Not smoking can help prevent lung cancer.
Preventing Lower Respiratory Disease
Chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and emphysema are all chronic lower respiratory diseases that impair breathing and cause reduced airflow. The key to prevention here is similar to above, do not smoke or quit smoking, and avoid being around those who smoke. Secondhand smoke can also contribute to many diseases. Avoid areas that have high amounts of pollution and use an air purifier while home.
Preventing Unintentional Injuries
Car accidents and accidental drug overdoses are the two highest unintentional injuries in men. Be sure to get over 5 hours of rest before getting behind the wheel, and do not drink and drive. Use rideshare services when needed and do not text and drive.
Regarding overdoses, avoid the use of addicting drugs. Mental health is a significant cause of drug use in most adults, so try and keep your mental health in check by speaking with a professional.
Strokes happen when there is restricted blood flow to the brain. Creating healthy habits early on is the best way to prevent strokes later in life. All of the pieces of advice listed throughout this article can be considered healthy lifestyle choices. Exercising at least 30 minutes a day, eating healthy, unprocessed foods, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol and drug use, and regularly visiting your primary care physician can all be considered healthy choices.