Tips for Maintaining Men’s Health
Just like the cars we drive, our health needs regular care. For example: exercise and a healthy diet, instead of oil changes and tune-ups. Also, there needs to be a regular visit to the doctor (usually every year or two) just like one takes the car for a spring or winter checkup. Preventive maintenance helps keep you healthy, and catch any early issues that may need to be treated.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that minority, or multicultural, men in the United States develop certain conditions at higher rates than white men. (http://www.womenshealth.gov/mens-health/teens-fathers-minorities-older-men/minority-men.html#pubs)
· African-American and Hispanic-American/Latino men are less likely than white men to see a doctor.
· Minority menare less likely to get timely preventive care, such as flu shots and colonoscopies (large bowel examinations).
· African-American menare 30 percent more likely to die from heart disease than non-Hispanic white men.
· Even though blacks account for about 13 percent of the U.S. population, they account for about half of people who get HIV/AIDS.
· American Indians and Alaska Nativeshave especially high rates of depression, suicide, and substance abuse.
· African-Americanswho get skin cancer are more likely to die from it than whites.
· Type 2 diabetes is more common among African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans/Latinos, and American Indiansthan among Asian Americans and whites.
· Asians and Pacific Islanders make up 4.5 percent of the U.S. population but have more than half of the chronic cases of hepatitis B.
Prevention begins with education. You must know:
– What the warning signs are;
– What risk factors are controllable; and
– How to address, and often avoid or delay, causes of disease.
Below is a list of some of the top issues facing men today. However, in spitr of these resources, it’s importat to consult a doctor or other qualified health professional for regular check-ups, or when your body or mind don’t seem normal to you.
Mental Health: http://www.menshealthnetwork.org/library/ownersmanual.pdf
Prostate Cancer: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/prostate
By Darci Graves, MPP, MA — Health Power Editor on Spirituality, Culture and Health, and Aging; and Senior Health Education and Policy Specialist at SRA International, Inc.
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