During this month of celebrating Dad, now is the right time to make a plan to help guarantee the men in our lives stay healthy and active. Along with Father’s Day, June is likewise designated as Men’s Health Month – something we should all pay attention to, as men are more unlikely than women to go to the physician, in spite of a decreased life expectancy and a higher propensity for a staggering 14 out of 15 of the leading causes of death.
Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Men’s Health, Demetrius Porche, DNS, RN, sums it up: “Men put their health last. Most men’s thinking is, if they can live up to their roles in society, then they’re healthy.”
Encourage the senior men in your life to choose a proactive stance to healthcare to help reduce their danger of being diagnosed with these key men’s health risks:
- Coronary disease. Followed closely by stroke, heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, and American men are at an especially heightened risk. Precautionary measures to take consist of checking (and managing) cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and implementing healthy diet and lifestyle choices which can include eating lots of vegetables and fruits, exercising, and stopping smoking.
- Prostate cancer. As many as 200,000 men are expected to be told they have prostate cancer this year alone. Men should talk to their doctors for a recommendation on prostate cancer tests.
- Diabetes. Diabetes is a particular issue for men, as it frequently starts without presenting any symptoms before advancing to an unhealthy level, which can lead to stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, blindness and amputations. Research indicates that men who regularly work out a minimum of 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 50 percent.
- Lung cancer. As many as 90% of lung cancer cases stem from smoking; so the good news is, non-smoking men are at a distinct advantage in preventing the disease. If your loved one smokes, encourage him to talk with the doctor for help with stopping.
- Depression. Men are just as likely to be impacted by depression as women, yet are more inclined to brush their feelings under the rug than to explore help. However, it is important to understand that depression is a treatable issue – and left untreated, may bring about suicidal thoughts. Even though women are more likely to attempt suicide, men are more likely to carry out an attempt to completion.
At Enhanced Home Care, it’s our top priority to ensure the seniors in our care are as healthy and well as possible, and enjoying life to the fullest. If you are worried about the health of a senior man in your life, we are here to help in a variety of ways: transportation to medical appointments, preparation of healthy meals, motivation to take part in exercise programs, and friendly companionship to prevent isolation – a leading contributor to depression in older adults – at bay. Contact us at 913-327-0000 for more information about the senior care Leawood, KS families trust!