June is Men’s Health Month, when organizations and individuals work to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among boys and men.
It should be no surprise that men stereotypically neglect their health, even if they have insurance and/or a good relationship with their physician. The American Heart Association even listed the Top 10 Reasons Men Put Off Doctor Visits. But whether it’s fear, not making the time or stubbornness, neglecting your health can have disastrous results.
Of the 15 leading causes of death, men outnumber women in 14 of them. The one outlier is Alzheimer’s, which many men normally don’t develop simply because they don’t live long enough. Men also die about five years earlier than women.
Let’s examine three of the top diseases that disproportionately affect men.
- Heart Disease: It’s never too late to start protecting your heart. Watch your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and cut out cigarettes and foods that are high in salt or cholesterol.
- Lung Conditions: As smoking rates decline in America, fewer men are dying from lung cancer each year. However, it’s still the number one cause of death for men among cancers.
- Prostate Cancer: One in six men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime, and the rate climbs as men get older. Early detection is key and men are encouraged to get checked starting at age 40.
Healthy Habits Could Save Your Life
You have heard it all before. Watching what you eat and being more active are great habits for being healthy. But one of the easiest ways to keep up with your health is getting into the habit of seeing your doctor regularly. Even if you don’t have a primary care physician or you are uninsured or underinsured, there are programs that can help.
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) even provides a Free Clinic Finder so that you can find free and low-cost health clinics in your neighborhood.
If you or someone you love needs help paying for medications, please know that there are resources available: The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) helps connect patients who may qualify with patient assistance programs that provide free or nearly free medicines. For more information, visit https://www.pparx.org.