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Hospitals offer health tips during National Men’s Health Week

National Men’s Health Week, celebrated June 11-17 this year, serves as a way to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems, promote healthy living, and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

In the United States, some of the leading causes of death in men include cardiovascular disease, cancer such as lung, prostate, and colorectal, and stroke. Every male, regardless of age or physical fitness level, should take the appropriate actions to lower the risk of these and other conditions affecting men.

HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals offer the following tips that men can follow to improve their overall health and well-being:

• Get regular exams. Ask your doctor about screening tests for certain diseases and conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Also, ask how often you need to be examined.

• Eat healthy. Nutritious foods give you energy and may lower your risk of certain diseases. Focus on eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free milk products.

• Find time to exercise. Regular exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It's important to start slowly and gradually increase your level of activity.

• Be smoke-free. Smoking is linked to many of the leading causes of death, including cancer, lung disease and stroke.

• Avoid heavy drinking. Heavy drinking can lead to many problems, including high blood pressure, various cancers, psychological problems and accidents. For men 65 and younger, drinking in moderation means no more than two drinks per day. Men older than 65 should have no more than one drink a day.

• Bring down stress levels. While everyone experiences stress at times, a prolonged amount of stress can affect your health and ability to cope with life. The best ways to manage stress in hard times are through self-care.

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