National Men’s Health Month
In honor of Men’s Health Awareness Month, the Men’s Health Network has organized a Wear Blue campaign to show support for men’s health education. Spearheaded by Congress, the entire month of June is devoted to spreading awareness and educating men about series potential health risks if they don’t begin to take action with preventive measures.
When it comes to men, three diseases which afflict their health include: low testosterone, testicular cancer, and prostate cancer.
Typically men tend to consume mostly meat as their main protein source. However, the overconsumption of meat is linked to increased risk of heart disease and colon cancer in men. This type of diet can also lead to weight gain in the abdominal area which is associated with poor testosterone health. Excessive abdominal fat is also linked to chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.
Protein is essential for maintaining good health. If you tend to eat a lot of meat, adjusting your daily diet to include alternative protein sources can lead to greater heart health and reduce the likelihood of developing chronic illnesses or suffering from symptoms of obesity later in life. If you’re needing a change up in your daily diet consider these high protein alternatives:
While everyone’s body is unique, waist size can be a good predictor of excessive abdominal fat. Typically men with a waist greater than 40 inches can be considered at risk for future health problems. By choosing smaller portions of healthier foods and incorporating moderate levels of physical activity you can effectively reduce body fat.
Maintaining a healthy body weight is important since men who are overweight or obese have a significantly increased chance of developing prostate cancer, the most commonly developed cancer among American men . More than 230,000 males are diagnosed each year with an average of 29,000 terminal cases. Men ages 65 years and older with a relative who has been diagnosed are shown to be at the greatest risk.
On the other hand, testicular cancer research puts white men ages 15-35 years old at highest risk for developing the disease. On average 8,500 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer each year. Fortunately, testicular cancer only accounts for 1% of all cancers in men, is highly treatable, and shows a nearly 100% cure rate with early detection.
As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and the medical providers of Treasure Coast Urgent and Family Care are active proponents for being proactive with your health! While a well-balanced diet and consistent levels of exercise are important, regularly scheduled check-ups with your physician are essential for maintaining optimum health. Everyone can benefit from an annual health assessment, especially those with a concerning family medical history.
If you would like to schedule a check-up to assess your current health, contact Dr. Libman and her staff in their Stuart office at (772) 678-7043. Treasure Coast Primary Care is located in the Monterey Medical Building on Monterey Road, just behind the CVS on US 1.