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Keeping minds and bodies strong for Men's Health Month

Keeping minds and bodies strong for Men's Health Month

Jun. 14, 2023

By Katie Minor

Last month was Women’s Health Month, and we talked about all kinds of ways women can take care of their health. June is Men’s Health Month, so that means it’s time to focus on ways men can do the same.

Like women, men face some specific health issues that need attention. Men face a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and certain cancers. And while women typically face higher rates of depression, men commit suicide more often than women.

These are serious problems, but don't sweat it! You have the power to overcome these challenges and lead a healthy life.

So why such a large disparity between men’s health and women’s health? One major issue might be that men are much less likely to see their doctor regularly. Remember, you don’t need to wait for an emergency to see your doctor. Going annually for checkups is key for preventing health problems in the future.

That’s really what it all comes down to: prevention. When you put off regular health practices in your day-to-day life, the consequences will show up later and be much harder to deal with.

Seeing your doctor is the best thing you can do for your health. But what other steps can you take to encourage a healthy lifestyle?

Get moving: Regular exercise is crucial for maintaining optimal health. Finding a physical activity you enjoy and keeping up with it can mean the difference between a sedentary lifestyle and an active, happy one. Swimming, jogging or playing a sport you enjoy not only helps in managing weight, but also reduces the risk of chronic diseases.

Work with your food: Try to adopt a nutritious and well-balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats. Limiting the intake of processed foods, sugary snacks and excessive salt can have a huge positive impact on overall health.

Watch out for vices: I’m sure you are aware of the risks associated with tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption — but it can be a very hard habit to break. When you quit smoking and limit alcohol intake to moderate levels, it can significantly reduce the risk of various cancers, cardiovascular diseases and liver problems. Having problems with substance abuse? Take advantage of the resources in and around Monongalia County, like WV PEERS.

Put your mental health first: All of the above points are guaranteed to have a positive impact on mental health. Men typically have a harder time seeking help for depression and anxiety, but there is no shame in taking care of your mental health. After all, how will you be able to show up in other areas of your life when you are struggling inside? Taking time for yourself through meditation or exercise can work wonders when you are having a hard time.

While your primary care provider is the best destination for all things health-related, Monongalia County Health Department has resources for men as well. MCHD Clinical Services can be a great destination for men seeking advice about immunizations and STI testing and treatment, especially since men of color and gay men often face a higher risk of STIs. Make an appointment by calling 304-598-5119.

And don’t forget the importance of oral health! Whether you need a regular checkup, fillings, botox or same-day crowns, let MCHD Dentistry put a smile on your face. Call 304-598-5108 for an appointment.





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