June is an exciting month because it celebrates Dad!… or Grandpa, or a brother, son, nephew, etc. Not only does Father’s Day fall on June 18th, but the entire month focuses on Men’s Health.
The goal of this month is to encourage healthy behaviors for the males in our lives such as health screenings, balanced eating, regular physical activity, and health care education, which is a big one. It’s important to be informed and have an understanding of important values such as cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and especially prostate health for the aging male.
To measure cholesterol, we need a blood test. Ideally, we want total cholesterol below 2001. If your doctor says your cholesterol is too high, don’t fear! Take action by making healthy lifestyle changes.
All you have to do to diagnose high blood pressure is have it checked regularly. Normal blood pressure is considered anything below 120/80. If you find you have high blood pressure, an effective intervention would be changing diet and looking for low-sodium labels. Whole grains, fish, garlic, and onions are a few foods shown to reduce blood pressure1.
BPH, or enlarged prostate, effects half the men ages 50 to 60 and about 90% of men between the ages of 70 and 801. At age 45, men’s risk increases, so it’s important to get into the habit of getting annual exams1.
Let’s celebrate those special men in our life by inspiring them through healthy lifelong behaviors they are sure to enjoy!