June is Men’s Health Month which raises awareness for men’s health issues. The official goal of the awareness campaign as stated by Men’sHealthMonth.org, is to encourage early detection and treatment of diseases in men and boys. Throughout the month of June, there will be health screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and health education opportunities for men and their families in communities nationwide.
Most of these targeted issues are preventable and can be taken care of with a simple health screening. According to the men’s health department at NYU, 63 percent of men do not go to the doctor unless they are bleeding or are in serious pain. In addition, one- third of men claim that they are motivated by their wife or significant other to visit the doctor. Heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, kidney, and liver disease are all among the top causes of death for Americans; which men are more likely to die faster from than women. Today, on average, women outlive men by five years. Also, “the biggest problem that men have is not so much a specific disease…but the diseases are the result of lack of health care monitoring earlier in life,” WebMD says.
A common health problem in men is low testosterone. This is related to being overweight, having high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression. The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine’s BHRT symposium in Boston this September will feature discussions on Andropause- testosterone monitoring and treatment, hormone therapies, and hormones and the brain.