June 25, 2013
As many of you are aware, June is Men’s Health Month. Here at Faith Technologies, increasing awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging wellness among men is extremely important, as over 90% of our employee population is male.
We are dedicated to keeping all of our employees and their families safe and healthy. With the surprising health statistics these days, we need to support early detection of preventable health issues more than ever. According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), men die almost six years earlier than women.
One of the many reasons is this – women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men. This is one of the reasons Faith Technologies provides annual Health Risk Assessments (HRAs) to all employees and spouses at no cost. Although the HRA does not replace an annual visit with a primary care provider, it does assist in detecting potential health issues between doctor visits or for those who may not visit their doctor regularly. For early detection of prostate cancer risk, our HRA offers an optional prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test for men 45 years of age or older. PSA is a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland. The test measures the level of PSA in a man’s blood – the higher the PSA level, the more likely it is that they have prostate cancer.
The bad news – the leading cause of death for men is heart disease, and it’s not only an issue for older men – 25% of deaths related to heart disease occur in men between the ages of 35 and 65. The good news, however, is that heart disease is preventable in most cases. The habits listed below should be followed to prevent cases of heart disease (women should follow these rules as well, as it’s now the number one cause of death among women):
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Don’t smoke / quit smoking
- Eat a healthy diet of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, high-fiber foods, and lean sources of protein
- Exercise at least 30 minutes at least five days out of the week
- Limit the use of alcohol – too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure
- Manage your stress
- Manage any chronic conditions (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.)
There are also many resources out there for men to take advantage of such as WebMD’s Men’s Health Center, CDC – Men’s Health, and the Men’s Health website. Don’t be another statistic, take charge of your health now!