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HEALTH| 11.17.2023

Men’s health day: take care of yourself!

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International Men’s Health Day is commemorated every November 19 and aims to raise awareness about specific health issues affecting men and promote the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders in this segment of the population. This initiative aims to promote a more proactive focus on men’s health.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the importance of prevention in men’s health and how preventive measures can make a difference.

Health problems that mainly affect men

Men’s health faces a variety of challenges, with specific illnesses affecting men more often. Knowing more about these illnesses is essential to preventing them:

  1. Cardiovascular illnesses:

Heart disease tops the list of the main threats to men’s health. Factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking increase this risk. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits, such as a balanced diet and regular exercise, is essential in preventing these diseases. 

  1. Prostate cancer:

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer among men. Early detection through regular screening, such as PSA tests, is key. Awareness about the importance of check-ups and support for research are essential in the fight against this disease.

  1. Respiratory diseases: 

Lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer, disproportionately affect men. Smoking is a significant risk factor. Quitting smoking and avoiding exposure to smoke are essential steps in protecting lung health.

  1. Type-2 diabetes: 

Type-2 diabetes is more common in men than women. Obesity and lack of physical activity increase this risk. Adopting a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular exercise, can prevent or control this disease.

  1. Mental illness: 

Although mental illness affects both genders, men are often less likely to seek help. Depression and stress can have a significant impact on health. Encouraging openness to talk about mental health and seeking support are crucial steps.

The importance of awareness

Prevention starts with knowledge. Many men’s health problems can be prevented or detected early through good education about healthy lifestyle habits and regular medical checkups. Raising awareness about the risks and ways to prevent diseases is key to people making informed decisions about their health.

What’s more, regular visits to the doctor are essential to monitor overall health and detect potential problems during the early stages. Regular medical checkups address risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, that can lead to the diseases mentioned above.

A healthy lifestyle is the best form of prevention

A balanced diet and regular physical activity are crucial elements in disease prevention. Encouraging healthy eating and regular exercise not only helps maintain an adequate weight, but also reduces the risk of diseases such as type-2 diabetes and promotes cardiovascular health.

Prevention also involves leaving harmful habits behind, such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. These behaviors are linked to a host of health problems, from cardiovascular disease to cancer. Providing support and resources to overcome these habits is essential on the path to a healthier life.

In conclusion, prevention in men’s health is a constant commitment to yourself. Making conscious decisions in your daily life, regular medical checkups and adopting healthy habits are fundamental steps in the pursuit of a full and active life.

Aware that information and prevention are the best way to take care of yourself, once again this year, MAPFRE has launched a global campaign on men’s health, to raise awareness that health is everyone’s business, both men and women alike. This campaign features practical information and talks on topics that affect men, focusing on diet, healthy habits and how to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Not only does prevention save lives, but it also improves long-term quality of life. Take care of yourself!