Celebrated each year during June, Men’s Health Month is an annual observance aimed at raising awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
Men’s Health Month brings awareness to the health issues all men face. Hosted by Men’s Health Network since 1992, the month is dedicated to enriching men’s health and wellness through a broad spectrum of national screening and educational campaigns.
NJ Diet would like to take this opportunity during Men’s Health Month to provide you with valuable information on how to take charge of your health, which often begins with managing your weight through diet and exercise.
Across the country at health fairs and other health education and outreach activities, the focus of this month is encouragement of men, boys, and their families to take control of male health issues with the proper screenings and care.
Goal Of Men’s Health Month
According to menshealthmonth.org, on average men die almost five years earlier than women. Part of the reason is that men are more reluctant to go to the doctor. In fact, women go to the doctor 2x as often as men do!
As noted above, one of the main goals of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among both men and boys.
Additionally, this month provides health care providers as well as individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.
Men’s Health Network notes that certain health conditions are more prevalent in men, and all men and their doctors should keep an eye on certain conditions by making sure to keep up with regular doctor visits and checkups.
Taking Charge Of Your Health
- Eat healthy
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy work-life balance.
- Do not use tobacco products and consume alcohol in moderation
- See your doctor regularly
NJ Diet utilizes DNA testing to determine your ideal diet and workout plan. Using blood work, hair and saliva sample, patients typically lose 20-50 pounds in only 40 days. Under the guidance of Dr. Arthur Turovets, NJ Diet has proven that his weight loss program, and how it works, can be a big step in a patient’s road to a healthy life.
General Health Tips
Even if you don’t feel sick, if it important to see your doctor regularly and to schedule annual exams. Here are some other things men can do to take charge of your health.
Increase Activity – Just simple changes to your lifestyle by incorporating daily moderate exercise can make a huge difference in your overall health. For example: can you walk at a brisk pace for 2 miles? If so, you have a level of fitness sufficient to lower your chances of having a heart attack or dying from heart disease. Even if you are just starting out, you can get healthier just by putting one foot in front of the other, and getting up to engage in physical activity 30 minutes a day, 5x a week. Every increase in endurance translates to better health, which can also include decreasing your risk of diabetes and possible protection from certain cancers.
Get Proper Screenings – Here are some of the screening tests as recommended by Johns Hopkins Medicine:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Blood pressure
- Colorectal Cancer
- Diabetes mellitus, type 2
- Lipid disorders
For example, if you are age 50 or older and have not been screened for colorectal cancer, you should. Of the various cancer screenings available to men, this one can prevent, not just diagnose, cancer. A colonoscopy or similar procedure can find and remove precancerous colon polyps.
Maintain Normal Blood Pressure – If you don’t know your blood pressure, get it checked—and do whatever you have to do to keep it in a healthy range. High blood pressure can cause widespread damage in the arteries, heart, kidneys, eyes, and brain. The ideal blood pressure is less than 120/80. Exercising more will have an immediate beneficial effect, as will cutting back on alcohol if you have more than one or two drinks a day.
Improve Your Diet – The average American man can easily take in 6 grams of sodium a day, which is more than twice the recommended level. Most of this comes from eating fast foods, processed meats, prepared foods, and restaurant food. It’s important to add high potassium foods— for example, foods such as raisins, bananas, tomatoes, and spinach. Men who consume as much potassium as sodium have lower risks of heart disease. A good way to start is simply by reducing processed and pre-packaged food, and plan ahead to cook fresh meals during the week that include a vegetable.
Here at NJ Diet, our personalized genetic testing can also used by any of your health care providers to help make critical decisions regarding your health. Each individual’s specific needs for essential vitamins, plus many more metabolic factors are assessed genetically to make sure you stay healthy for years to come.
Don’t Brush Off Warning Signs – If you experience an unusual pain, ache, or other possible warning sign or symptom, don’t brush it off as “probably nothing.” Blood in the urine or stool may be harmless, but it isn’t “normal.” Heart disease remains the leading killer of men and all Americans. Don’t ignore the signs!
You can also visit the CDC website for more information on Men’s Health Month and Men’s Health Topics!
The NJ Diet program is supervised by Dr. Arthur Turovets, and our specialized program utilizes DNA testing to determine your ideal diet and workout plan, taking into account your eating behavior. Each of our client’s specific needs for vitamins and supplements are assessed, plus many more metabolic factors are genetically tested to make sure you succeed on our program — not just for temporary weight loss, but to maintain good health for life.
In fact, dieting is only one component of our program. Our program is also a detoxification and hormone balancing program – where the side effect is weight loss, but the end result is better overall health and well being.
We welcome the opportunity to meet with you for a consultation at NJ Diet. Our program is not only aimed at promoting healthy weight loss, but aims to improve your total wellness.
These are just a few ways for men to stay healthy, and June is a great time to commit to starting to commit to better health during Men’s Health Month!
Do it for yourself, as well as your family and loved ones.
For more information and resources regarding Men’s Health Month, go to http://www.menshealthresourcecenter.com.