Tehama County Public Health offers advice for men’s health – Red Bluff Daily News
RED BLUFF — With June being Men’s Health Month, Tehama County Public Health is offering tips on how men can stay healthy and fit.
Men, on average, die five years earlier than women, which is why healthy lifestyles and early detection of preventable diseases are essential, according to a statement issued Monday by Public Health.
Not taking care of your health can lead to serious problems. On the bright side, there are plenty of things men can do to stay healthy and prevent disease.
Common health issues that men face include heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and depression.
If a man has high blood pressure, he can work with his doctor to lower it, the statement said. Often, diet and lifestyle changes can help lower blood pressure. If diet and lifestyle changes don’t help, talk to a doctor about medication options. Most men should be tested frequently for cholesterol.
Generally, men should start getting screened for colon and prostate cancer at age 50. However, talking to a doctor is essential, as people in high-risk categories should start earlier.
Regular dermatology visits once a year can help prevent skin cancer. Consider implementing daily practices like wearing a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Men should be tested for diabetes every three years starting at age 45, the statement said. Diabetes can be a dangerous disease and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. In addition, diabetes can damage the eyes, nerves, kidneys and other organs.
Depression is one of the most common mental health problems in the United States and does not discriminate between genders. Signs and symptoms of depression can include feeling sad, tired, trouble sleeping, anger, and irritability.
“If you think you are suffering from depression, don’t be afraid to seek help from a therapist or psychiatrist,” the statement read. “If you are in crisis or feeling suicidal, seek help immediately by calling the 24-hour Tehama County Community Crisis Response Unit at 800-240-3208.”
There are many things men can do to improve their overall quality of life. Exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet of whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, lean meats and fish. Eliminate unhealthy habits like smoking or excessive alcohol consumption. Attend regular exams and reduce stress.