Men’s Health Month

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Men’s Health Month

Every year there is an entire month devoted to men’s health and for good reason: men are at greater risk for death in every age group. As therapists and providers, we have upfront access to our patient’s overall health and wellness. This month, let’s dive into a few ways we can have a big impact on the wellbeing of our clients and tips we can give them to stay healthy.  

Heart Disease  

Even without symptoms, men can still be at risk for heart disease. One of the easiest ways you can help your patient and encourage heart health is by encouraging them to eat a heart-healthy diet. Leafy greens, whole grains, berries, fatty fish and beans are all great options to add to a daily menu.  

Maintain a Healthy Weight 

If your patient is overweight or obese, a detailed program targeting weight loss is a great way to keep them healthy. Pain and weight are often linked, so losing the extra pounds can have a significant impact on their symptoms. The more movement, the better! A specialized routine focusing on their abilities will make a huge impact on their life.  

Quit Smoking 

We all know that smoking is terrible for your health, but did you know that nearly 1 billion men in the world are active smokers? In America alone, more than 16 million people are actively living with a smoking-related disease. Although quitting isn’t easy, it can have immediate health benefits. Improved lung function, heart benefits, increased lifespan and a better night’s sleep are all advantages to quitting. If you have a patient that smokes, here are some great resources to help them quit.  

Depression and Suicide 

Health doesn’t just apply to the physical, it’s important to remember mental health as well. Depression symptoms in men can differ greatly from those in women and suicide is attempted 3.5 times more. Some of the symptoms more common in men than women include fatigue and irritability. Noticing these signs and symptoms early can help prevent the escalation of the disease. 

This Men’s Health Month, take a targeted approach to help your patients. Whether it’s their physical or emotional wellbeing, we have the opportunity to make a huge difference in our clients’ lives. For more Men’s Health Month ideas and tips, click here