With the month of June comes a multitude of many men’s favorite activities: barbeques, beaches, baseball, and a cold beer on a hot day. Even if those things aren’t up your alley, June still brings an event that applies to each and every male out there, Men’s Health Month. Maybe you didn’t quite get the beach body you thought you would have for the season, or maybe you didn’t even get the time to try. Whatever the scenario, the perfect time to get your health on track is always now.
A recent survey developed by the Men’s Health Network and Chattem, Inc., found that 90% of men in the United States want to take charge of their own health. They also found that one in three men identify sexual health as one of the most important dimensions of their overall health. Many men aren’t aware of the influence their overall health has on their sexual health. Being obese puts you at increased risk for erectile dysfunction as well as heart disease and diabetes. Additionally, obesity can result in lower testosterone levels, another contributing factor to erectile dysfunction. Heart disease and diabetes are also both risk factors for developing erectile dysfunction, regardless of your weight. Considering one in ten men have diabetes and one in three have some form of cardiovascular disease, it’s extremely important to take action to lower your risk of developing these conditions or lessen their impact if you already have them.
Two other important aspects to consider are infertility and prostate health. If you and your partner have been trying to conceive and you’ve contacted an infertility clinic for answers, make sure that both you and your partner are tested. Males are the sole factor or a contributing factor in 60% of infertility cases. As for prostate health, it’s something all men should take seriously. On top of the incredible toll surviving cancer can have on an individual, prostate cancer and its treatment can lead to severe erectile dysfunction. Here are some statistics below from prostatehealthguide.com.
- “Over 50% of men in their 60s and as many as 90% in their 70s or older have symptoms of an enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).”
- “Each year approximately 220,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 30,000 will die of it.”
- “Prostatitis is an issue for men of all ages and is the most common prostate problem for men under age 50.”
For more information on men’s health month, as well as resources for men’s health, see the links below. If you’re experiencing ED, Low T or another issue, contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.