June is National Men’s Health month, and we want to raise awareness about men’s health and wellness in Kansas City. When it comes to this topic, the best course of action is education and prevention. Starting healthy habits early helps you avoid difficult and debilitating health problems in the future.
Diet is all encompassing and affects every area of your body including sexual health, cardiovascular health, mental health, weight, and cancer risk. A healthy diet should consist of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats. Avoid sugar, processed foods, soda, and limit red meat intake. Be sure to stay hydrated throughout the day with water and cut out calorie-dense liquids such as soda.
Understanding Cancer Risk
When it comes to cancer, it’s important to stay informed and prepared. For example, did you know that prostate cancer is the second leading cancer in men? While it may seem like a grim statistic, it’s actually a very treatable form of cancer, especially with early detection. To lower your cancer risk, always go in for yearly physicals and maintain an open communication with your doctor. They can listen to your concerns and provide you with the best information on your health, such as when to get screenings and what lifestyle changes to make.
Mental Health and Wellness
Mental health is a crucial part of your well-being and untreated mental illness–such as depression and anxiety–can affect you both emotionally and physically. Statistically, men are less likely than women to seek mental health help which puts them at a bigger risk for suffering and suicide. Unfortunately, there’s a social stigma about mental health that causes many men to agonize in silence, assuming that seeking help would label them as “weak”; but the exact opposite is true. Every man would benefit from some form of mental health and wellness treatment. It’s recommended you go see your doctor every year for a physical checkup and that should include seeing a mental health professional as needed for your basic emotional wellness. This month of June, help spread awareness about these topics to promote men’s health in Kansas City.