National Men’s Health Week is observed each year as the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. This observance serves as a reminder for men to take steps to be healthier, but they don’t have to do it alone! Whether it’s your husband, partner, dad, brother, son, or friend you can help support the health of the men in your life.
Prevention starts with seeing a healthcare provider on a regular basis. Adult men in the United States visit primary care providers at lower rates than adult women. Establishing baselines for factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight—and monitoring how they change over time—will enable the provider to catch potentially dangerous conditions early, when they’re still treatable. Use the MyHealthfinder tool to get personalized preventive services recommendations. Print out the list and take it with you to your next doctor’s appointment
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States and half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. Sometimes heart disease may be “silent” and not diagnosed until a man experiences signs or symptoms of a heart attack, heart failure, or an arrhythmia. When these events happen, symptoms may include:
Depression can affect men and women differently. When depression occurs in men, it may be masked by unhealthy coping behavior. For a number of reasons, male depression often goes undiagnosed and can have devastating consequences when it goes untreated. But male depression usually gets better with treatment. If you or a loved one are unsure of where to go for help, ask your health care provider. You can also find resources online including the NIMH website at www.nimh.nih.gov/FindHelp, or check with your insurance carrier to find someone who participates in your plan. Hospital doctors can help in an emergency.