June is Men’s Health Month! | HealthGAINS

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Did you know that June is Men’s Health Month? I know the month is already almost over, but it’s never too late to start making the lifestyle changes you should to help you get in shape, and stay in shape!

The purpose of National Men’s Health Month is to, “raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This purpose comes from the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Health and Human Services.”

To that end, the agencies have been sponsoring, and encouraging doctors and health officials across the country to participate in free screenings and other health educational events. So far the response has been overwhelming.

Health fairs at the county, state and private level that focus on men’s health issues have been providing information and screenings for everything from heart disease to prostate cancer.

What’s New in Men’s Health

In honor of Men’s Health Month, Fox News put out a list of the top stories in men’s health in 2015 so far. The most important breakthroughs included:

  • A new customized, more targeted, therapy for prostate cancer – Scientists in Britain were able to create a biological “map”. This map tracked the most common genetic variations in prostate cancers. Once tracked it will allow the development of more specific treatments targeting those specific mutations.
  • What's New In Men's HealthNo link found between testosterone replacement therapy and heart disease – One of the biggest stories in men’s health of 2015 so far was a comprehensive study about testosterone therapy and increased risk of cv disease. Contrary to warning label requirements by the FDA, no link between testosterone replacement therapy and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease was found after looking at over 40 years of data.
  • Your health at midlife impacts your health later in life – A study by University of Vermont, Burlington found that how healthy you are in your 40s- 60’s, significantly impacts how well you will be at 65 +. The study found that men who were “fit” at midlife, were 50% less likely to develop cancer, heart disease or other ailments typically related to “old age” after 65.
  • Alternative treatments for Erectile Dysfunction – Stories regarding cures for ED in 2015 have brought out a number of problems with oral ED medications. It’s even shined a light on some dangerous “male enhancement” products, and have introduced some remarkable new treatments for ED such as Platelet Rich Plasma.

Be the Best You can Be, This Month and Every Month

In honor of Men’s Health Month the CDC says that every man should take the following steps to improve their health:

  • Tips to improve men's healthGet a good night’s sleep – The average adult male needs 7-9 hours of sleep
  • Quit smoking
  • Reduce the consumption of alcohol
  • Exercise – at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise every day.
  • Eat Right – reduce your consumption of fatty foods and inflammatory grains.
    • Increase your consumption of super foods, fruits and veggies, and avoid junk food and processed foods. Generally reduce your caloric intake
  • Reduce Stress

To this list of steps and the suggested pre-screenings for cancer and heart disease, and other conditions that mostly affect men, I would also encourage every man to get their testosterone level checked.

If you are feeling tired, a lack of energy, depressed, or having difficulty concentrating you may be suffering from low testosterone, also known as Low-T.

If your testosterone level is found to be less than ideal, you may be a candidate for hormone optimization. Hormone optimization includes diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes designed to increase your testosterone level, in addition to the possible use of hormone replacement therapy, or HRT.

Whatever is needed to safely and effectively boost your testosterone, it all starts with getting your levels properly assessed. Contact my office today for a free-consultation, and to hear about other men’s health month specials.

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