According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), June is Men’s Health Month. There are several ways in which men can take preventative measures to help improve overall health. Some of these include keeping track of blood glucose levels, blood pressure, weight, cholesterol, body mass index and taking time to reduce stresses that are affecting your health.
Sometimes determining areas that need attention are difficult and require medical assistance from your physician. Screening tests can catch disease processes many times before symptoms appear. For example, it is recommended that adults age 50 to 75 be screened for colorectal cancer. Similarly, early detection and treatment of glaucoma can help prevent blindness and regular eye exams can help detect common eye problems.
Major health risks that men face can be treated or even prevented through screening tests and early diagnosis. Depending upon your age and medical history, it may be recommended to be screened for things like heart diseases, prostate and other cancers, lung disease, hearing loss, diabetes, hypertension, sexually transmitted diseases, mental health conditions and other long term diseases. For more information regarding men’s health, visit your nodawaypublichealth.org.
Kathryn Hawley, RN & Health Educator, Nodaway County Health Dept.