June is Men’s Health Month
June is Men’s Health Month! This month was established to heighten awareness of preventable health issues in men and boys. Throughout the month there are multiple health fairs and screenings available that are designed to improve the health and well-being of men of all ages. Some of the most common health issues brought to the forefront are: cardiovascular health, sexual reproductive health, mental health, prostate health, diabetes, aging, and nutrition/ obesity.
Although women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with a mental health issue, that does not mean that men do not also suffer from the same issues. Statistically, men make about 33% less visits to healthcare providers than women do. When men do get in to see their healthcare provider, they may be less likely to describe what is troubling them due to fear of judgment or stigmas. Often chronic pain and digestive problems can indicate an underlying mental health issue such as depression, anxiety or stress.
In addition to more frequent health screenings, Men’s Health Month is also home to “Wear Blue Day.” Wear Blue Day is designed to raise awareness and money for education about men’s health issues such as prostate cancer. You can start planning your own Wear Blue Day for next year by forming a team, picking a day to host your event, and encouraging others to help you make a difference!