Men’s Health Month is commemorated nationwide every June with the goal of bringing awareness to health issues all men face. The month is dedicated to enriching men’s health and wellness via a broad spectrum of national screening and educational campaigns.
Male Health in Seniors
Men’s health month is especially important among older men as they are more susceptible to illness and health issues. If older men take control of their health, they will live longer and more fulfilling lives. According to Johns Hopkins University, men 65+ should be screened for the following annually, regardless of whether they “feel sick” or not:
- Blood pressure
- Colorectal cancer
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Type 2 diabetes
- Lipid disorders
Men’s health month is integral because according to a Health in Aging Foundation study, 40% of surveyed men reported that when sick, they delay seeking medical care for a few days. 17% percent of the surveyed men said they would wait “at least a week.” It’s crucial that you do not wait to seek care because prompt medical attention can be the difference between life and death.
It’s essential to take all medications as directed and to keep a full list of all medications and dosages on hand.The older you get, the more daily prescriptions and medications you will likely rely on. These increases meds can also increase the risk of side effects and adverse interactions. This is why it’s vital that you disclose all medications you are taking at every doctor’s appointment.
Vaccines and Inoculations
For optimal health, it’s important to keep up with all recommended vaccines, including for COVID-19, the flu, pneumonia, shingles, and diphtheria/tetanus.
Healthy Eating Habits
Older men have specific dietary needs. For example, they need more calcium, vitamin D, potassium, and fiber. Weight management also becomes increasingly difficult yet important as we age. For this reason, experts recommend limiting fat and calories to 20-35 percent of your diet and follow these daily caloric guidelines for men 50+
- Not active: 2,000
- Moderately active: 2,200 to 2,400
- Active: 2,400 to 2,800
It is also recommended that senior men incorporate 30 minutes of physical activity five times per week. This can be something as simple as a short walk or spin on a bike.
This Men’s Health Month and every month, let’s do our parts to keep the older men in our lives healthy and happy! Share this article with your loved ones and friends for some quick and easy tips.