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What You Need to Know About Men’s Health

June is Men’s Health Month and there’s no better time to start taking proactive steps to safeguard your health. Along these lines, let’s take a look at three common conditions that affect men more often or more severely than women – and what you can do to prevent becoming a statistic.

Heart attack: More adult men than women die of heart attacks – and, what’s worse, 50 percent of guys who die from heart disease have never experienced previous symptoms before.

What you can do:

  • Eat a healthy diet that’s low in salt, saturated fat and cholesterol
  • Ditch cigarettes
  • Exercise regularly
  • Schedule regular doctor’s visits

Lung cancer: More men smoke and smoke more heavily, so it’s not too surprising that lung cancer is the leading cause of death for both men and women.

What you can do:

  • Quit smoking
  • Get screened: The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that adults aged 55 to 80 who have a heavy smoking history and currently smoke, or quit within the last 15 years, be screened annually for lung cancer.

Suicide: Four times as many men as women die from suicide. In addition, men who have depression, bi-polar disorder, PSTD, or other mental illnesses are less likely to seek treatment than women with the same disorders. Instead, they tend to self-medicate.

What you can do:

  • Learn the warning signs. Anger, irritability, recklessness, exhaustion and substance abuse are a few red flags.
  • Get help. Don’t suffer in silence or take matters into your own hands. There’s no shame in seeking professional treatment for depression or other mental health issues.

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