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Men's Health Month

As I hope many of us enjoyed this past weekend celebrating the Fathers in our lives, I reflect on the loss of my own Father and how preventative health might have helped him live longer.

A statistic that is often not talked about, is that 70% of men’s health issues are preventable. In comparison to women, men are more likely to lead less healthy lifestyles smoking and drinking alcohol; more commonly added to that, is they are more likely to put off routine checkups.

It is important for men to understand their risk factors with so many conditions being preventable. The most common conditions affecting men - heart disease, prostate, testicular and colon cancer, and osteoporosis later in life - have important nutritional implications. All of these when routinely followed up on can have positive outcomes.

As you reflect on the memories of this past weekend celebrating the Dads we love, remind and encourage them of the importance of well checks and physical activity.  We want to celebrate many more Father’s days with these men.

Citation: National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)

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