June is Men's Health Month

Happy Father’s Day and cheers to Men’s Health Month!

June is all about the fellas because it’s #MensHealthMonth

Brush up on your health facts, listen to your body and be sure to get regular checkups. Not only will you live longer,  you’ll have a better quality of life.  

Illness – It seems simple but if you’re sick — see your doctor. Don’t wait. Prompt medical care can be the difference between life and death.

Medications – Take medications as directed, and keep a complete list of medications and dosages handy.  Always inform any doctor you visit about your medications

Vaccines – Keep up with recommended shots, including for flu, shingles, pneumonia and diphtheria/tetanus, is vitally important — especially for the elderly men in our lives.

Healthy Eating – Older men have specific dietary needs. They need more calcium, vitamin D, fiber and potassium. Experts recommend limiting fat calories to 20 to 35 percent of your diet and suggest the following guidelines for daily calorie needs for men 50 and over:

  • Not active: 2,000
  • Moderately active: 2,200 to 2,400
  • Active: 2,400 to 2,800.

Additionally, it is recommended that senior men try to incorporate 30 minutes of physical activity, 5x a week into their daily schedule (physical limitations, permitting.)

Use Sunscreen – Up to 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have at least one skin cancer, and Caucasian men are particularly at risk. It’s never too late to take steps to prevent further damage from the sun. Try to avoid the sun during peak hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., wear a hat and sunglasses, and liberally apply SPF 30 or greater sunscreen to all exposed skin.

References:

  1. Men’s Health Month: Bringing Awareness To Men’s Health Issues During The Month Of June. https://www.unicityhealthcare.com/mens-health-month-bringing-awareness-mens-health-issues-month-june/ (Accessed June 20, 2021)
  2. Skin Cancer Foundation. https://www.skincancer.org/get-involved/. (Accessed June 20, 2021)
June is Men’s Health Month was last modified: June 20th, 2021 by Star Valley Health
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