4 Steps for Better Men’s Health

Every June, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the United States. Whether young or more mature, Men’s Health Month is a time to provide the encouragement and education necessary to promote preventable health problems and their solutions. Neighbors Emergency Center encourages early detection, treatment and lifestyle changes that can change the lives of men everywhere. Learn some practical steps you can take to improve your health starting today.

Get Screened
If you are 50 years or older, it is recommended you start getting tested for prostate cancer as your age has put you at a higher risk. It is important to discuss both the benefits and risks of a screening with your doctor and decide whether you feel a prostate screening is right for you. There are two main types of prostate screening tests. The first is a digital rectal exam, or DRE. During a DRE, the doctor will insert a gloved, lubricated finger into your rectum. Your doctor will be searching for abnormal textures in the shape or size of the prostate gland. The second option is the prostate-specific antigen test, or PSA. PSA testing involves a blood sample being drawn from your vein and tested for PSA, a substance your gland naturally produces. Although a small amount is normal, higher levels may indicate an infection, inflammation or perhaps cancer.

Get Active
Exercise is one of the best ways to keep your heart and body strong. Just 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity can make a huge difference in your life. Studies have found that men who are physically active in their midlife are more likely to continue on the habit as they age. Don’t just stop at keeping yourself healthy. Bring your coworkers or neighbors together for a consistent time where everyone can participate in activities while being health conscious. Some activities include walking, tennis, basketball, flag football and hiking.

Get Healthy
If you don’t already, it’s time to start watching your diet. Avoid processed foods and focus your diet towards fruits, vegetables and lean meat. You should also consume fats, cholesterol, sugar, and sodium in moderation. This will naturally save you from a plethora of health issues, including heart disease. If you do find yourself gaining weight as you age, remember balance is key. Monitor your portions and increase your physical activity.

Mental health is also important to evaluate in relation to your well-being. Working too many hours is associated with a greater risk of anxiety and depression. It is important to pay attention to signs of your mental state, especially if you have a history of mental illness in your family.

Get Involved
During Men’s Health Month, you can plan a “Wear Blue Day” that helps spread awareness. These events spread knowledge and can be used to raise money in the fight against prostate cancer. All you have to do is pick a day that works for the group of people planning on participating. Next, set a goal for the amount of money you want to raise. This way you have an objective the team can strive for. Spread the word about your “Wear Blue Day” and ask people to donate to the cause. Finally, wear your blue! Have fun with it and deck yourself out from head to toe.

Show your support for Men’s Health Month by sharing this article. It’s time for men and boys everywhere to take their health seriously. If you do find yourself in need of emergency services, remember that we have several Neighbors Emergency Center locations throughout Texas. Our board-certified physicians and state-of-the-art technology make it easy for us to care for your family’s medical emergencies.