Alexandria, Los Angeles (Caleb) June is Men’s Health Month, and it aims to educate men about some of the health risks and encourage them to take action towards living a healthier lifestyle.
According to the CDC, men live on average about five years less than women, and men have a higher mortality rate for most major causes such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and suicide.
Dr. Conor Rogelot, MD, a physician in family medicine residency at LSUHS University in Alexandria, said many men’s health problems can be prevented if treated early.
“Men often don’t go to their primary care doctor unless there is a problem or some sort of issue that leads to the emergency room,” said Dr. Rogelot.
As men get older, scheduling regular checkups and checkups becomes more and more important.
“Especially once they reach the age of 50, which is when a lot of other tests like a colonoscopy come in for colon cancer. If you have a history of smoking, we start lung cancer screening at that age,” Dr. Rogelot said. Specifically, we start by checking for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which is an enlargement of the large blood vessels that exit your heart that can occur in patients with a history of smoking.”
Diet and exercise also have a positive effect on health and health outcomes.
“The recommendation now is at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week. So, I usually tell my patients 30 minutes a day for five days a week to do something where you sweat. I tell them, I’m not telling them to go for a marathon. Or jogging ten miles every day, even walking around the neighborhood for 30 minutes. Breaking a sweat can reduce the risk of coronary artery disease, improve depression, and reduce the risk of weight gain. Increased cholesterol and lowered blood cholesterol has all kinds of benefits.”
Stephen Brooks is a personal trainer and strength coach at Dawn Fields Fitness. He said exercise affects many aspects of health.
“When most people think of training and exercise, they think of muscles, but there are a lot of other aspects that training helps in terms of overall health where you can manage pain and manage stress. It prevents injuries, and reduces changes that occur across the body with age,” Brooks said. .
Brooks said that staying fit is important to an individual’s quality of life, regardless of their age.
“As men age, they tend to become less active, especially after age 50. They become less mobile, and lose muscle mass,” Brooks said. “So, to help maintain their physical independence to play with the kids, play with the grandkids, travel, help their wives, and anything that requires any physical activity, you need to have a basic level of strength and conditioning.”
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