Summer is almost here and it’s a fun time of year filled with outdoor activities, enjoying time with friends and family and making memories to cherish forever. As we make the most of our summer, there’s a few things we can do to add better health to our life and even prevent possible diseases. As we enjoy the sunshine, we should always wear sunscreen, lipscreen, sunblock, hats and sunglasses. Do your best to avoid the hottest part of the days, take breaks in the shade and drink plenty of water to help your body handle the heat of summer too. Heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable yet we get busy and sometimes forget our body needs help handling the heat. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, extreme heat caused 7,415 heat-related deaths in the United State from 1999-2010.
Too often, our culture doesn’t encourage men and boys to take breaks, seek medical attention, eat and drink healthy and instead is pushing them to do more, be tough, be quick and be strong. Men and boys are hard workers, tough, quick and strong however, our culture needs to push the importance of helping them and teaching them to take good care of themselves as we know healthy men live longer.
June is Men’s Health Month and the perfect opportunity for men to remember and practice good health by scheduling a visit with the doctor. It is a perfect time to raise awareness about preventable health problems, encourage the early detection and treatment of diseases and injuries. It’s a great time for the rest of us to love, support and encourage the men and boys in our life to develop and maintain healthy living.
More than half of all premature deaths in men are preventable.According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, the leading causes of death in men were:
1) Heart Disease
3) Unintentional injuries
4) Chronic lower respiratory disease
9) Influenza and Pneumonia
10) Chronic liver disease
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the followings things you can do (or encourage the men and boys in your life to do):
● Get 7-9 hours of sleep each night for optimal health
● Quit smoking ( or never try it and never start)
● Get plenty of exercise
● Eat healthy and limit foods and drinks that are high in calories, sugar, salt, fat and alcohol
It can also be a good idea to:
● Do monthly self exams. Visit the doctor with anything that doesn’t look or feel right or that suddenly appears or is abnormal.
● Find ways to manage stress and talk to a professional if you are overwhelmed, angry or feel you have too much stress to manage.
● Drink water everyday
We wish you a fun and safe summer. Take advantage of summer being the right opportunity to add in exercise and learn to enjoy a healthier lifestyle and a healthier you. Contact us to discuss your needs, screenings, testings, prevention and learn more about what you can do to be healthier and a great example for others around you. Contact us today! 817.484.0352