At every stage of life, women are healthier than men – it’s that simple. On average, men will die up to five years earlier than women; they lead in all of the top 15 causes of death besides Alzheimer’s, and see physicians far less often than women do.
June officially became Men’s Health Month in May of 1994. Since then, this educational and congressionally supported program’s efforts have continued to raise awareness across the country. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
The health of our patients and community is always a priority at Williams Integracare, and Men’s Health, while sometimes more difficult to talk about, is certainly no exception. Read on to learn 4 steps to reduce the risk of potential men’s health issues.
#1: LEARN YOUR FAMILY HEALTH HISTORY
Your health is strongly related to the health of the generations before you. Family history is one of the most powerful tools you can use to equip yourself when it comes to fully understanding your health. It is a good idea to have some sort of record of your family health history for you (and your doctor’s!) reference.
It may be a tricky subject to bring up to your parents, grandparents and relatives, but the sooner you ask, the better. If you’re able to gather information from a variety of family members you’ll be able to get a better idea of what health issues you may be at risk for. You can begin to be proactive in fighting any illness or disease that runs in your family by learning the history, the causes and prevention methods.
The more openly you talk about health issues, the better off your whole family is. It may feel awkward or uncomfortable, but you and your family (both older and younger) will feel better having discussed it – and improve your likelihood of improved health and disease prevention.