Prioritizing Men’s Health

By: Aprill Murphy

Jason Olnes, PA-C

As June unfolds, it’s crucial for men to pause and reflect on their well-being during Men’s Health Month. As a healthcare practitioner deeply committed to men’s health, I urge my fellow men to prioritize their health by addressing pertinent issues that often lurk beneath the surface.

Cardiovascular health sits prominently on the radar. Conditions like hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes and smoking pose significant threats to our hearts. However, by embracing healthier lifestyles and closely monitoring factors like diet, exercise, blood pressure, cholesterol, and smoking habits, we can strengthen our hearts and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Cancer screening is another cornerstone of men’s health. Avoiding tobacco, maintaining an optimal weight, and moderating alcohol intake form the bedrock of cancer prevention. Equally critical is the timely screening for prostate, lung, and colon cancers. Notably, lung cancer stands as the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in males, emphasizing the critical importance of preventive measures and timely screenings. Colon cancer stands as the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths, warranting early screening starting at age 45.

The statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) paint a stark reality. Heart disease and cancer remain formidable adversaries, claiming a significant number of lives annually. Lung, prostate, and colon cancers contribute significantly to this somber statistic. It’s imperative that we, as men, confront these realities with proactive healthcare measures.

Additionally, injuries, chronic respiratory diseases, strokes, and diabetes underscore the multifaceted challenges we face in maintaining our health. Mental health, as evidenced by the prevalence of suicide, cannot be overlooked.

I implore my fellow men to take charge of their health. Regular screenings, coupled with lifestyle modifications and open communication with healthcare providers, serve as our armor against preventable diseases. This June, let us reaffirm our commitment to our health and well-being, contact your primary care provider to visit about your health.