A Fathers Day Gift That Keeps Giving

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It's an old chestnut that men won't ask for directions, but when it comes to their health, not seeking outside advice is no joke. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death, but women are 100 percent more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men.

That's why Men's Health Month – which happens during June, to coincide with Father's Day every year – is so important. It is a reminder to men and the people who love them that their health is their most important asset.

It's also the greatest gift that they can give to their families. And while life offers no guarantees, by using this month to take some simple steps, men can help their chances of enjoying many more Father's Days to come:

  • Schedule well visits: There is no excuse to put these off when there is a whole month dedicated to making them happen! Here is a checklist to which men and their healthcare providers can refer to ensure they are covering all the bases.
  • Don't forget dental: It's more than just a nice smile at stake. Maintaining good oral health habits is an important factor in whole body wellness. According to the Mayo Clinic, here are just some of the diseases that are tied to dental health:
    • Endocarditis: an infection of the inner lining of your heart. Endocarditis typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart.
    • Cardiovascular disease: Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.
    • Diabetes: Since it reduces the body's resistance to infection, diabetes puts gums at risk. Gum disease appears to be more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes. Research shows that people who have gum disease have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels.
    • Osteoporosis: Might be linked with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss.
    • Alzheimer's: Tooth loss before age 35 might be a risk factor.
  • Commit to fitness: While the recommended amount of exercise for overall good health is 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, even a little increase in activity can help. For men who have never worked out a day in their lives, experts recommend starting out with a few baby steps such as getting up from their chair during commercials, pacing during telephone conversations, and taking 5-minute walks three times a day. Over time, men can increase their activity incrementally.
  • Follow a heart-healthy diet: Diet is one of the most important weapons in the fight against heart disease – and what's good for the heart is good for most other parts of the body as well. The American Heart Association has lots of helpful information to get you started.
  • Take stock of mental health: Mental health problems in men can often go undetected or untreated, which is why being aware and pro-active is so important. Here are some common mental health problems in men and the red flags you should know.

    For more information about better caring for yourself and your loved ones, please contact us!




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