Before June is over, Insurance Administrator of America wants to help celebrate Men's Health Month. This month is about heightening the awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
Men's Health Issues
Statistics show that men's health is at great risk. On average, men die almost six years younger than women and suffer higher mortality rates for the top causes of death. The Centers for Disease Control have put out a list of the top seven threats to men's health:
- Heart disease
- Cancer: Various types of cancer are of particular concern to men: lung cancer, skin cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer.
- Accidents: Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of fatal accidents among men.
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases: Chronic lung conditions include bronchitis and emphysema.
- Stroke: You can't control some risk factors such as family history, but you can control others.
- Type 2 diabetes
- Suicide: An important risk factor is depression.
Studies show that the most common threats to men's health can be avoided through lifestyle choices. Ways to reduce these threats are:
- Eating healthy
- Physical fitness: Being physically active plays a significant role in maintaining men's health. Regular physical activity helps control weight, strengthens muscle and bone, improves balance, coordination, and cardiovascular health, and reduces the risk of stroke, heart disease and cancer.
- Regular physician visits: All men should visit their primary care physician at least once a year. Regular exams may reveal warning signs.
Start making healthy changes in your life today!
Mental Health and Men
Mental health for men is being called a silent crisis. More than six million men suffer from depression each year. Many men try to deal with it on their own, but depression symptoms can make them chronically miserable.
There are several reasons why the symptoms of clinical depression in men are not commonly recognized:
- Men have a tendency to deny having problems because they are supposed to be "strong".
- American culture suggests that exposing emotion is largely a female trait.
- Men are less likely to show "typical" signs of depression such as sadness.
Depression in men may cause them to keep their feelings hidden. Instead of expressing a depressed mood, they seem more irritable and aggressive.
What IAA has to Say
Men--IAA wants you to take the time to go over your health and wellness needs this month. Make sure you are in the best health you can possibly be. If you have a wellness program at work, consider looking into it if you haven't already. It's great to get rewarded for doing well. Remember, with IAA one call does it all.
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