June is Men's Health Month
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- June is Men's Health Month. Sponsored by the
Men's Health Network (http://www.menshealthnetwork.org), this month-long
commemoration is designed to increase awareness of preventable health problems
and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men. In support of
this initiative, Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT) is sharing information about
important health issues at different ages of a man's life, as well as
recommended screening tests.
"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women are 100
percent more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive
services than men," says Patricia Buss, M.D., medical and health care services
operations officer for Health Net, Inc. Adding, "Health Net is committed to
helping men be more proactive when it comes to their health, with an overarching
goal of increasing their life expectancy."
Health Net is sharing the following health tips with men in varying decades of
Men in Their 20s
Studies have shown, according to the Mayo Clinic, that people with a strong
network of friends live longer and healthier lives than those who lack such a
network. In fact, the Mayo Clinic additionally notes that being in a good
relationship can add up to five years to your life. Forging friendships and
relationships with significant others should be a high-priority focus for men in
their 20s. Investing in friendships will deliver long-lasting health benefits.
Men in Their 30s
Mental health is as important as physical health. WebMD reports that depression
in men often goes undiagnosed, and that the onset of depression in men - on
average - occurs when they are in their 30s. It is in this decade that
challenges frequently emerge, such as in the form of marital problems or
To help prevent stress and depression, WebMD recommends that men:
-- exercise regularly;
-- get adequate sleep nightly;
-- consume a balanced diet; and
-- engage in a hobby.
Men in Their 40s
Men in their 40s, notes the National Institutes of Health (NIH), often
experience an increase in numbers associated with their body mass, cholesterol
and blood pressure. Specifically, the NIH advises men in their 40s to keep a
close eye on:
-- Body mass - this is a time in life when high-calorie foods can start to
show on men's waistlines. This can be dangerous, because a larger
waistline increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
-- Cholesterol - men who aren't watchful of their diet also are likely to
see their cholesterol rise. Eating more fiber and a low-fat diet can
help control cholesterol and decrease the chances of a stroke.
-- Blood Pressure - blood pressure, like cholesterol, should be checked
near a man's fortieth birthday; moving forward, it should be checked at
least annually - more often if it's considered high. Men should chat
with their physician about monitoring body mass, cholesterol and blood
pressure, among other things.
Men in Their 50s
The fifth decade of life - according to the book Facing Your Fifties: A Man's
Reference Guide to Mid-Life Health - is the time when men's joints, tendons and
ligaments begin to show signs of significant deterioration, often in the form of
stiffness and pain following even moderate activity.
To stave off further deterioration, authors of Facing Your Fifties recommend
maintaining a regular exercise regime that includes stretching designed to
promote flexibility and muscle mass. A regular exercise regime also will work to
keep weight in control and preserve the range-of-motion capabilities needed for
Men in Their 60s and Beyond
While many men in their 60s are likely looking toward retirement, they also
should be focusing on maximizing their health. Toward that end, Dr. Mark
Stibich, a behavior-change expert with experience helping individuals make
lasting lifestyle changes, offers these suggestions:
-- Pursue a healthy lifestyle - this includes not being overweight, having
fruits and vegetables as the focal point of your diet, exercising
regularly and quitting smoking.
-- Preserve your brain - learning keeps the brain healthy, so actively
engage in problem solving and new pursuits; avoid routine activities and
instead opt for challenging endeavors.
-- Keep thoughts positive - studies have shown that you can add more than
seven years to your life by having a positive attitude towards aging.
-- Be your own health advocate - research has found that patients who do
not ask questions - or who do not understand their medical conditions -
are at an increased risk of complications and possibly death.
Top Preventive Screenings for Men
Prevention is the first line of defense when it comes to maximizing good health.
With that goal in mind, the accompanying chart - which was compiled based on
recommendations by the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection,
Evaluation, and Treatment, along with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force -
outlines the top preventive screenings for men in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and
Medical Advice Disclaimer
The information provided is not intended as medical advice or as a substitute
for professional medical care. Always seek the advice of your physician or other
health provider for any questions you may have regarding your medical condition
and follow your health care provider's instructions.
About Health Net
Health Net, Inc. is a publicly traded managed care organization that delivers
managed health care services through health plans and government-sponsored
managed care plans. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure and
comfortable. Health Net provides and administers health benefits to
approximately 5.4 million individuals across the country through group,
individual, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly
referred to as "Part D"), Medicaid, U.S. Department of Defense, including
TRICARE, and Veterans Affairs programs. Through its subsidiaries, Health Net
also offers behavioral health, substance abuse and employee assistance programs,
managed health care products related to prescription drugs, managed health care
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