Celebrated each June, Men’s Health Month is a great time to appreciate your manhood and grow awareness of preventable health problems. Throughout the country, health screenings, wellness fairs and educational sessions are offered to encourage men of every age to practice a healthy lifestyle.
There tends to be a silent health crisis when it comes to men though, as overall they tend to live sicker and die sooner. On average, life expectancy for men in the U.S. is five years shorter than their female counterparts. While the healthcare industry has experienced much technological advancement over the years, this doesn’t prevent men from experiencing a broad range of health issues.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for men. While there aren’t too many health conditions that discriminate, heart disease is unfortunately one of them. There are several reasons that men seem to be the main target though, including their physical stress and excess fat around the abdominal area. In fact, one in three American men suffer from condition related to heart disease.
While just existing is certainly a miracle, being in good health—both physical and mental—is what will ensure a long, happy life.
Steps to Healthier Living
There are a variety of factors that can impact the physical, social, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing of men. While living with perfect health may seem like an impossible feat, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of preventable health problems and help you live a cheerful, confident life.
- Prevent – Believe it or not, there are ways to avoid getting certain conditions and diseases. While it may seem like you’ve been given this advice a dozen times, it’s true that diet and exercise are key to healthy living. But they aren’t just beneficial for weight loss. Fueling your body with nutritious foods and practicing regular exercise can keep your cardiovascular health in tiptop shape.
But where do you start? If you’re new to healthy living, experts recommend by starting with small change. Take small steps each day, like portioning out your meals and making sure you eat a balanced breakfast. By consuming a lot of protein, you can keep your appetite in check and have the energy to stay active. You should aim for 30-45 minutes of moderate exercise at least five days a week. With a variety of options—like jogging, biking, swimming or playing tennis—you’re sure to find interest in something. Regular exercise also improves mental health by putting you in a better mood and allowing for more restful sleep.
- Detect – As a culture, it has become normal behavior for men to be independent, competitive, restrain from showing emotion—and endure physical pain. But why? There seems to be a stigma around men asking for help, and that truth runs deeper than just not asking for directions. This often means that men will sometimes go months or even years without seeing a doctor, even when they suspect there may be something wrong.
Scheduling routine visits with your primary doctor is extremely important, and becomes even more vital as you age. It’s no surprise that growing older puts you at greater risk of certain health issues, so seeking regular medical advice can ensure an early detection and treatment plan.
Because many health conditions are preventable if treated early, men are encouraged to regularly get screened for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, prostate health and more.
- Treat – Getting examined is only half the battle though. If you are diagnosed with a health condition, getting it treated can be essential to ensuring optimal health. While finding out you have a health disorder may be disappointing, knowing that there are likely steps you can take to better your condition makes it a whole lot easier. It’s important to note, though, that living a healthy life should also mean being mentally well.
If cosmetic concerns are causing your confidence to dip, it may be time to seek treatment for your problem areas. One of the most popular cosmetic surgeries for men is gynecomastia. Better known a male breast reduction, this procedure is designed to relieve men from the shame and embarrassment of enlarged male breasts.
Although rarely discussed, “man boobs” affects nearly 40 to 60 percent of men. Not only can this condition be physically uncomfortable, but it can also create some serious self-esteem issues. Masculinity is partly defined by having a flat, contoured chest, so those who carry extra fatty tissue here may be put down for their more feminine-looking physique.
While motivations vary, it’s becoming more and more common for men to undergo cosmetic procedures. At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, Dr. Elias offers an array of procedures and treatments to address your individual appearance issues.
Our team believes in the power of mental wellbeing—which comes with loving yourself inside and out. As Men’s Health Month, now is the perfect time to seek treatment for your cosmetic concerns. Give us a call at 818-616-6685 and we’d be happy to set up a complimentary consultation to discuss your aesthetic goals.