From June 13-20, we’re celebrating National Men’s Health Week–a time to remind the men in our lives to take good care of their health, both physically and mentally. At a time when 72% of men would rather perform household chores than go to the doctor, it’s absolutely critical that we encourage them to seek medical advice and discuss their health. With Father’s Day just around the corner, there is no better way to say you love them than encouraging them to take care of their health with some simple–and potentially life saving–steps.
Learn About Mental Health
For too long, there has been a stigma around talking about mental health, particularly for men and boys. The COVID-19 pandemic only worsened the existing mental health crisis in our country, leaving many people feeling isolated and depressed. In the United States, men are over three times more likely to die by suicide over women. Learning about your mental health and finding ways to cope with stress in a healthy way can make you–and the people you care about–stronger.
Schedule Medical Appointments
Medical avoidance could put people at great risk, yet 65% of men say they avoid going to the doctor for as long as possible. Some of the leading health problems for men, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer, are easily detectable and treatable with regular screenings. The reasons men avoid seeking medical treatments are vast, but the benefits of detecting a disease early–potentially saving a life– are invaluable. Getting on the phone and scheduling your next doctor’s appointment is one of the most impactful health decisions you can make today.
Healthy Diet and Exercise
Lastly, you’ve heard it before, but it’s not an exaggeration that a balanced diet and regular exercise can have huge effects on your overall health. Taking up these healthy habits can not only help you control weight, but also improve heart health, lower cholesterol, boost your immune system, improve mood, and more.
There’s never a better time to start taking care of yourself and your loved ones than today. If you have concerns or questions, talk to your doctor. Our physicians are always on hand to help you start living the healthier lifestyle you deserve. To find a specialist in our network, please visit Steward DoctorFinder™ or call 800-488-5959.
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