As a man, a father, or a husband, we often feel trapped in our own fantasies of being indestructible. Raised to provide and be responsible for our family’s well-being, men frequently forget about themselves, relegating self-care to the back seat. However, it is crucial to remember that the first step toward caring for our loved ones is caring for ourselves. Families need strong and healthy men. That’s why June is Men’s Health Month, a time dedicated to promoting awareness of preventable health concerns and encouraging early detection and treatment of diseases that affect both boys and men.

How Current Social Issues Impact Men’s Health

Encouraging the men and boys we care about to prioritize their health is everyone’s responsibility. June provides an excellent opportunity to explore ways men can feel comfortable expressing their emotions and seeking help from healthcare professionals. By addressing social issues such as stigma around mental health and the pressures of traditional masculinity, we can cultivate an environment where men feel supported in prioritizing their well-being.

The Importance of Preventive Care

Preventing illness through regular exercise and healthy eating empowers men to take control of their health. Many men may not enjoy going to the doctor, but making it a routine part of healthcare can significantly improve overall well-being. Regular checkups and screenings increase the likeliness of early detection of chronic diseases, which can often be managed more effectively when caught early.

mens health month

Essential Facts About Men’s Health

Understanding men’s unique health challenges is key to promoting preventive care and early intervention. Here are some essential facts about men’s health:

  • American men die younger than American women.

  • Men are more likely to live with an unnoticed chronic disease than women.

  • Irregular levels of testosterone are linked to elevated cholesterol and heart disease.

  • Boys are four times more likely than girls to suffer from depression and have suicidal thoughts.

  • Women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor yearly.

These statistics highlight the importance of regular health checkups and early intervention in improving men’s health outcomes.

Addressing Common Health Hazards

Several health hazards can lead to men facing a terminal diagnosis, often stemming from lifestyle choices, genetic predispositions, or inadequate preventive care. Chronic conditions such as heart disease, typically exacerbated by lack of exercise, smoking, and poor diet, are the leading causes. Additionally, cancers, particularly prostate, lung, and colorectal cancer, significantly contribute to terminal diagnoses due to late detection and insufficient screening.

Men are also prone to respiratory diseases like COPD, often linked to smoking and environmental factors, as well as liver disease caused by excessive alcohol consumption. Anxiety, depression, and suicide, among other mental health concerns, are critical but frequently overlooked, contributing to higher mortality and disability rates. These hazards highlight the importance of preventive measures, regular medical checkups, and lifestyle modifications to reduce the risk of developing terminal conditions.

mens health month

The Role of Hospice Care in Men’s Health

As men often face a range of physical, emotional, and psychological challenges in their final stages of life, hospice care offers a multidisciplinary approach that includes pain and symptom management, emotional and spiritual counseling, and assistance with daily activities. By focusing on the patient’s comfort and quality of life, hospice care ensures that men receive the necessary medical attention while also addressing their mental and emotional well-being, crucially alleviating the distress that frequently accompanies terminal illnesses.

Additionally, hospice care supports men’s health at the end of life by involving family members and caregivers in the care process. This holistic approach helps build a supportive environment where men can openly discuss their fears, wishes, and concerns, creating a sense of dignity and peace during their final days. Hospice teams often include doctors, nurses, social workers, and chaplains who collaborate to provide personalized care plans that respect the patient’s values and preferences.

At Ascend Hospice Care, we focus on increasing health education and providing comprehensive support to the men in our community. Hospice care is not just for end of life care; it is about enhancing the quality of life for those with chronic

Observing Men’s Health Month 2024

June Men’s Health Month 2024 is the perfect opportunity to focus on the importance of men’s health and encourage positive lifestyle changes. This month, men will be challenged to improve their exercise routines, enhance their diets, and get screened for preventable health conditions.

The ultimate goal of Men’s Health Month is to empower men to take control of their health. By prioritizing prevention, incorporating more physical activity into daily routines, and eating a healthy diet, men can significantly reduce their risk of developing severe health issues.

Let’s use this June as a reason to improve boys’ and men’s health and wellness, ensuring they live long, happy, and healthy lives. This Men’s Health Month, let’s also honor the lives of those men who have elected hospice care for their final journey and assist them with dignity and compassion.

Request hospice care

The staff will try to accommodate your request and call at the specified time.
ascend logo

Your hospice partner

We understand that the decision to transition towards end-of-life therapy needs to be taken with utmost care, that’s why we created this helpful blog.