The month of June each year is Men’s Health Month. We want to take time to help bring light to the objectives of recognizing men this month. This month, Nivano Physicians would like to encourage men to get a physical and visit the doctor, start exercising and we want to remind men to take care of their physical and mental health.
Why is Men’s Health Month Important?
We encourage all of our male members to go get checked so you all can feel better. This includes everything from a regular physical to a sprained ankle to excess headaches. Men’s Health Month gets people talking about health, which gets people acting about health. Gyms get joined, appointments get made, and resolutions get promised. One reason men disregard their own health is that they’re too busy taking care of everyone else. What they don’t realize, however, is that if they die early, they’ll be hurting the very people they’ve worked so hard to protect. 1
This Month Encourage Men to Do the Following:
Get a Physical!
Encourage the men in your life to get a physical. Most of the factors that contribute to a shorter unhealthy life are preventable. Prevention starts with seeking out a primary care physician and seeing them regularly, especially on a yearly occurrence. Adult men in the United States visit primary care providers less than women. Establishing baselines for factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, and prostate cancer, will enable the provider to catch potentially dangerous conditions early, when they are still treatable.2
Get Out and Get Physical!
Encourage men that you know to get out and get physical. The benefits of physical activity on health outcomes are extensive, and many people find it difficult to get motivated for physical activity on their own. Rather than simply telling someone to exercise, try joining them and encouraging change.3 Join a recreation league at your local community center, sign up for group personal training sessions to get fit together, or simply make a routine out of regular walks. Any exercise is good exercise.
A Few Tips For Men:
- Know your preventable risks
- Take steps to create healthful habits
- Schedule routine tests for early detection of disease
- Learn your risk factors
- Document your family history with your physician
How to Make a Change this Month:
- Make a commitment to have a health checkup.
- If you’ve recently had one and you are at risk, consider making changes to your lifestyle to improve your health.
- Talk to your physician about the steps to take.
- Talk to the men in your life about making an appointment for a checkup.
- Take a walk with your father, brother, husband, son, friend or co-worker.
- Cook up a healthy meal for all the men in your life.4
Preventive Care Benefits
All Marketplace health plans and several other plans must cover preventative screening services. Some of the preventative measures covered for men are as follows:5
- Alcohol misuse screening and counseling
- Blood pressure screening
- Cholesterol screening for adults of certain ages or at higher risk
- Colorectal cancer screening for adults 50 to 75
- Depression screening
- Diabetes (Type 2) screening for adults 40 to 70 years who are overweight or obese
- Diet counseling for adults at higher risk for chronic disease
- Lung cancer screening for adults 55-80 at high risk for lung cancer because they’re heavy smokers or have quit in the past 15 years
- Obesity screening and counseling
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention counseling for adults at higher risk
- Tobacco use screening for all adults and cessation interventions for tobacco users