JUNE is the month meant to promote men’s health and wellness.
But are Mzansi men responding to educational wellness campaigns by taking good care of their health?
Men’s Health Week starts today and is meant to raise the awareness of preventable health issues.
Gert Coetzee, a pharmacist and diet pioneer who founded The Diet Everyone Talks About, said men continue to suffer from chronic diseases and unlike women, they are less likely to seek help.
Leading causes of death in men:
- Prostate cancer: This is the most common cancer in men and is treatable, if diagnosed early.
- Heart diseases: A man’s risk of heart diseases sets in after the age of 45.
- Suicide: Men are more likely than women to commit suicide as they don’t communicate.
- Colon and rectal cancer: This is one of the most commonly occurring internal cancers in men.
- Diabetes: Most men are unaware that they have the disease until they develop kidney diseases, erectile dysfunction and vision loss.
Hints and tips to help men manage their health:
- Eat healthy: Eat a well-balanced diet that is low in fat, salt and cholesterol. This will help improve your overall health and prevent diseases such as cancer and heart problems.
- Manage your stress levels: Over time, stress can take its toll on your emotional and physical health. Early signs of stress include irritability, tension in the shoulders and neck as well as grinding your teeth.
- Regular exercise: Try to get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily. You can achieve this by taking a walk, jog or go swimming.
- Consume your alcohol in moderation: If you drink alcohol, keep it to no more than two drinks a day.
- Don’t smoke: Smoking increases the likelihood of heart diseases, high-blood pressure, lung problems and cancer.