For the month of November, many across the world are growing out their facial hair in support of Movember (the “mo” is for moustache), a campaign seeking to raise awareness around men’s health and the biggest health issues they face.
This November, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles is encouraging men to stay on top of their health by following 4 tips that could help them live happier, healthier, and longer lives.
Watch your waist
Regardless of your weight, a waist that measures more than 40 inches increases your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and colorectal cancer according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Help reverse your risk by reducing your waistline through healthy eating and exercise.
Don’t ignore your mental health
When it comes to mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and struggles with alcohol or drugs, some men tend to suffer in silence. If you or someone you know is dealing with depression, anxiety, addiction, or other mental health issues, get connected to the support you need. Reaching out for help is a sign of strength – not weakness.
Keep up with cancer screenings
Kaiser Permanente recommends that most men begin screening for colorectal cancer at age 50 and continue until they are 75, and new guidelines call for African American men, and other people with certain health conditions or hereditary syndromes, to begin screening earlier. Prostate cancer screening is recommended for men between the ages of 55 and 69. Recommendations vary depending on your individual risk, so talk with your doctor about what’s right for you.
Take care of your health — for yourself and those you love
Some men are more motivated to take care of others than themselves. In those cases, it can help to think about the family members whose lives will be affected if they have a serious illness. See your doctor regularly and talk about healthy habits that can reduce your risk for diseases.
For more health tips, visit kp.org/menshealth.