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Last Edited: 01/27/2021

Author: Melissa Knight Melissa Knight

Men’s Health Month – June 2021

June is Men’s Health Month, and there is no better time than now for guys of all ages to take control of their health now and establish healthy habits for the future.

There are many common health risks that men face as they age, but they’re not exclusive to older men. Men of all ages must understand their risks and the potential for developing certain health issues if they don’t take preventative steps.

While men face physical risks, there are also certain aspects of male health that people may not know. Mental health is one. Many men are at risk of developing depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders or addictions.

Men’s Health Month as a Way to Stay Informed

Why not make June the month that you get to know more about some of the common health problems that many men face? Some of the more common health issues that commonly affect men include:

  • Heart disease (including, but not limited to sudden heart attacks, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, angina, and stroke)
  • Certain types of cancer, including prostate cancer
  • Diabetes
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung inflammation that can cause breathing difficulties and other problems)
  • Suicide risks

Each year, researchers and professionals learn more about the health of men. They’re helping people stay healthy by working to spot problems early to ensure more effective treatments or preventing some conditions entirely.

Taking Steps to Stay Healthy

Everyone should consider having a yearly checkup as they age. For guys of all ages, regular checkups are a great way to stay on top of your overall health picture.

At checkups, you’ll receive certain screenings at different ages. During your visits, your health care provider can discuss whether you should make lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of certain conditions.

When people have issues such as depression, checkups can be good times to address those issues. Left untreated, depression can increase the likelihood of a myriad of problems, including drug or alcohol abuse, addiction, or suicide.

If you already struggle with alcohol or drug addiction, consider seeking treatment. There are many different options when it comes to living clean and sober, so there’s no time like right now to look into what’s available for your situation.

Great Ways to Celebrate this Month

Now, you might think that you don’t really celebrate a month like Men’s Health Month, but why not? Make this June the month you go for a checkup and have all those tests you’ve been putting off. You might do yourself a world of good

Considering talking to a therapist if you’re struggling to cope with situations in your life. You might be surprised to find that there are a lot of men that have the same issues as you have. Finances, family, aging, and life in general can be scary things, so don’t neglect your mental health because you think you “should” be able to handle these issues alone.

Also, when it comes to other male issues that people find difficult to discuss, remember that these aspects are the very same ones that make us who we are. Some of them, such as a healthy sex life, can be crucial to being happy, so don’t ignore problems or hope that they will improve on their own.

Men’s Health Month is a good time to gain essential knowledge about health in general, as well as your health, to ensure that you’re able to live the very best life you can.

Sources

menshealthmonth.org –  Men’s Health Month: Celebrated Every June

sunshinebehavioralhealth.com – Men’s Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers

mayoclinic.org – Men’s Health

nimh.nih.gov – Men and Depression

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