BUILDING BETTER HEALTH FOR MEN
AMO Plans Living Well
The month of June is dedicated to enriching men’s health and wellness through a broad spectrum of national screening and educational campaigns.
Men’s Health Week is celebrated in June during the week leading up to and including Father’s Day and serves as a time to raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

Get a physical: Most of the factors that contribute to men’s shorter and less healthy lives are preventable. That prevention starts with seeing a healthcare provider on a regular basis. Adult men in the United States visit primary care providers at lower rates than adult women. Establishing baselines for factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, and PSA (a screening test for prostate cancer risk)and monitoring how they change over time will enable your healthcare provider to catch potentially dangerous conditions early, when they’re still treatable.

Get moving: Can you walk at a brisk pace for 2 miles? If so, you have a level of fitness sufficient to lower your chances of having a heart attack or dying from heart disease. If not, you can get there by putting one foot in front of the other, and going a bit further each day. Every increase in endurance translates to better health, including decreased risk of diabetes and possible protection from certain cancers. Plus you will feel better.

Know your blood pressure: If you don’t know your blood pressure, get it checked and do whatever you have to do to keep it in a healthy range. High blood pressure, the proverbial “silent killer,” stalks systems throughout the body. Widespread damage occurs in the arteries, heart, kidneys, eyes, and brain. The ideal blood pressure is less than 120 over 80. Exercising more will have an immediate beneficial effect, as will cutting back on alcohol if you have more than one or two drinks a day.

Cut Back on sodium: The average American man can easily take in 6 grams of sodium a day. That’s more than twice the recommended level. Most of this comes from eating fast foods, processed meats, canned and other prepared foods. It’s just as important to add high potassium foods, including bananas, raisins, tomatoes, and spinach. Men who consume as much potassium as sodium have lower risks of heart disease. Start by reducing processed and pre-packaged food. Plan to cook some fresh meals during the week that include vegetables, and save the leftovers for the next day.

Don't ignore the signs:
  • Excessive sweating, shortness of breath, or exhaustion with exertion could be a treatable heart or lung problem.
  • Many men believe that the pain of a heart attack is felt only on the left side of the chest and moves to the left arm. This isn’t always the case. Heart-attack pain is often felt under the breastbone (sternum) and pain may occur in both arms as often as in the left arm alone.
  • Chest pain that is triggered by activity but that goes away with rest suggests angina (a narrowing of one or more coronary arteries) while oppressive pain that isn’t relieved by rest suggests a heart attack.
  • Blood in the urine or stool can be harmless, but it isn’t “normal". It needs to be evaluated by a medical professional.

This month, give yourself the gift of good health. It’s never too late to improve your health, no matter how old you are or what your current health status is. Make a commitment to improve your health this month and all year long!
MEN'S HEALTH MONTH 2019
COLON CANCER SCREENING:
As men grow older, they need to be even more diligent about their health, and that includes being proactive about cancer prevention and early detection.

Colon cancer continues to be the country's second leading cause of cancer-related deaths and the third most common cancer in men, according to the CDC.


FAST FACTS

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening beginning at age 50 and up to age 75. Some groups recommend starting earlier at age 45.

The vast majority of new cases (about 90%) occur in people who are 50 or older.

Millions of people in the United States are not getting screened as recommended. They are missing the chance to prevent and detect early, when treatment often leads to a cure.

The Task Force recommends several screening strategies, including stool tests, flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, and CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy).

Speak to your doctor to determine which test is right for you and if you should begin screening before age 50.


FOOD IS MORE THAN FUEL: Your diet can help fight disease and keep you feeling younger.

A HEALTHY DIET FOR MEN INCLUDES:
At least 2 cups of fruits and 2½ cups of vegetables each day.

Whole grains. Eat at least half of all grains as whole grains each day. Replace refined grains with whole-grain bread, cereal, pasta, brown rice or oats.

At least two to three servings of fish per week.

At least 38 grams of fiber per day for younger men; 30 grams of fiber per day for men older than 50.

Unsaturated fats such as oils, nuts and oil-based salad dressings in place of saturated fats including full-fat dairy foods, butter and high-fat sweets.

3,400 milligrams a day of potassium from fruits, vegetables, fish and milk.

ENERGY FOODS

For energy and disease prevention, men should eat whole grains such as whole-grain bread, pasta, cereal, brown rice, oats, barley, beans, lentils, fruits and vegetables. These foods are high in fiber, help manage hunger and fullness and help fend off certain cancers, such as prostate and colon.

BEYOND MEAT

Men typically are avid meat-eaters because of the perception that more protein equals more muscle mass. That is not the case unless exercise is involved. Excessive meat eating is linked to heart disease and colorectal and prostate cancers in men.


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Sources: cdc.gov; health.harvard.edu; healthfinder.gov

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