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What health issues are important to men?

June is Men’s Health Month, which is a great time to schedule your annual physical (or ask the men in your life to schedule theirs).

The leading causes of illness and death among men (think cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes) tend to be conditions you can lower your risk of—or even prevent—with some simple lifestyle changes.

So how can you make sure you (or your brother, father, partner, friend) are staying healthy? Try these tips:

1. SCHEDULE A CHECK-UP WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER

These appointments are pretty quick and painless, and are usually covered by insurance. Going for a physical once a year can help catch any potential issues (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure) before they become a bigger problem. 

 2. TRY OUT “MEATLESS MONDAY” 

Eating less red and processed meat is associated with lower risk of heart disease, cancer, and other chronic health conditions. Reducing your meat consumption by just one day a week is likely to make a positive difference for the environment, too.

 3. MOVE MORE, AND VARY YOUR MOVEMENTS 

If you always lift weights at the gym but don’t get much cardio, try adding some jogging, biking, or hiking into your week. If you don’t get much physical activity at all, try to add some extra walking throughout your day. Ideally you’d be moving for at least 30 minutes a day anyway. 

 4. GET MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT WHEN YOU NEED IT 

We all go through tough times. It can feel vulnerable to reach out and talk to someone, but research shows it helps. Contact us for support or start by talking to a close friend or family member about what you’re struggling with.

If you are thinking about hurting yourself, call the confidential National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or access their online chat.

Written by , Venezia Cappellini-Ramirez LPC, NCC

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