Let’s Get Real About Men’s Health

By Sherrie Pratt, Media & Communications Specialist

Men work hard and play hard! Now it’s time to work just as hard on your health! June is Men’s Health Month, the perfect time to remind Dad or any man you know to stay on top of their health.

While people are living longer, studies show the average lifespan for a man is about five years less than a woman’s life. One factor is women are more likely to visit a doctor.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease, cancer, and unintentional injuries are the leading causes of death for men. Knowing your family health history is a great place to start and might signify the need to get screened early for certain cancers.

Central Florida Health Care has Heart for educating our male patients on how to feel their best. Dr. David Washington in our Mulberry Health Center likes to understand everything he can about his patients, their health issues, concerns, and lifestyle. Culture and barriers to healthcare can play a role in a cancer diagnosis, so education is key. Avoiding tobacco, eating healthy, limiting alcohol, and protecting the skin from the sun are all ways to lower the risk of cancer.

Dr. Washington says it’s important for men to check their blood pressure, cholesterol, prostate, and testosterone levels. Exercising several days a week can lower your blood pressure and also helps prevent heart disease. This may be the month to join a gym, running club, or sports team. It’s important to stay active, which also helps you relax! Call and schedule an appointment with a provider today. Your body will thank you for it.