1. Did you know that one-in-three men have some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to the American Heart Association?
  2. Did you know that suicide is a leading health risk for men?
  3. Did you know that men suffer greater occurrences of hearing loss than women?
  4. Did you know that men account for more cases of skin cancer and lung cancer than women?
  5. Did you know that heart disease, lung cancer and accidental injuries are the top causes of death for men?

Paris Regional Medical Center promotes Men’s Health Month by providing you with these challenging questions and information regarding men’s health. And those statistics are just for starters.

Understanding men’s health risks is one thing. Doing something about those risks is another. Men must make their health and wellbeing their priority, and that starts with healthy lifestyle choices. The truly encouraging note is that even small changes can have a big impact. Begin by seeing your doctor for an annual checkup and following through with any screenings suggested.

Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of heart attacks and stroke and the leading cause of death for men in the United States.  Watching your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and weight will go a long way in protecting you from heart disease.

Lung cancer is often in advanced stages before it’s discovered, and difficult to treat or cure. It is the leading cancer killer of men. Tobacco use is responsible for 90% of all lung cancer cases. QUIT now!

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men following skin cancer. While one-in-thirty-five men will die from prostate cancer, one in six will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.

Skin cancer in men is most often the result of working outdoors without skin protection. Sunscreen isn’t just for kids. Never go outside without it. Slather it on your face, neck, ears and hands – anywhere your skin is exposed to the sun. And wear a hat, long sleeves and sunglasses. Avoid being in direct sunlight between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM to escape the harshest rays.

Suicide in men is often the end result of depression. Some signs of depression in men include anger, aggression and alcoholism. Seek help. Don’t stop until you receive the help you need.

Hearing loss in men is usually a result of noisy work environments and the noise levels of power tools and toys. Wear ear protection in the workplace, on the range, when riding sport vehicles and mowing the lawn. And remember to keep the decibels down when you run your music through ear buds.

You’ve heard the usual healthy tips, but do you follow them?

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise
  • Don’t smoke
  • Use alcohol in moderation
  • Manage stress
  • Maintain healthy numbers for your weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol
  • Visit your doctor annually; take advantage of screenings; follow treatment recommendations

If you’re a healthy male, a little planning and lifestyle adjustments can help you stay that way. If you have health questions or concerns, visit your doctor for an exam and thorough discussion of your issues. Or call Paris Regional Medical Center Physician Finder at 903-737-3232 for more information. At Paris Regional Medical Center, everyone is treated like family and provided the peace of mind that comes with receiving extraordinary medical care close to home. Celebrate Men’s Health Month by making your health a priority today.