Reminding Men to Remember Your Health!

Jun
10
2011

Each year, Men’s Health Week is celebrated as the week leading up to and including Father’s Day (June 19). The purpose of this week is to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Over the years, those in the medical community have recognized a “silent health crisis” in our country where, on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women.

In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death, including heart disease, cancer, and stroke. In 1920, women lived, on average, one year longer than men. Nowadays men, on average, die almost six years earlier than women. One major reason for this trend is that women are 100 percent more likely to visit their doctor for annual examinations and preventative services than men.

Studies have shown that regular check-ups and age-appropriate screenings can improve your health and help reduce premature death and disability. Consult your health care provider about the benefits of earlier screenings, especially if you are a member of a high-risk group or have a family history of disease. On average, men of any age should have their blood pressure checked annually. Also, men over the age of 50 should see their physician each year for a basic physical exam.

Although men are less likely to seek medical attention for back pain than women, they are more prone to developing back problems, especially if their line of work requires manual labor. While most causes of back pain in men are due to aging and overuse, here are a few simple tips for keeping your back and spine healthy:

  • Be sure your mattress offers plenty of back support.
  • Choose shoes that provide a supportive base that helps the spine and body remain in alignment.
  • Use good posture, especially if you spend long stretches of time in front of a computer or in an office chair.
  • In addition to regular aerobic exercise, focus on strengthening your abdominal and back muscles as well.
  • Always be careful when lifting a heavy item, remembering to lift with your knees and avoid twisting when lifting.

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