men's health

Take Charge of Your Health: National Men’s Health Month

As June unfolds, it brings with it a significant reminder: it’s National Men’s Health Month. This month is dedicated to shedding light on the health challenges facing men and empower them to prioritize their well-being.

Healthcare Disparities

Men often exhibit a reluctance to engage with healthcare. Studies indicate they are less likely than women to visit a doctor or report symptoms. Shockingly, only 60 percent of men undergo a yearly routine check-up, and a concerning 40 percent delay seeking medical attention until symptoms escalate to a serious stage.

Dr. Helen Bernie, Director of Male Sexual and Reproductive Medicine and assistant professor of urology, underscores the importance of advocating for men’s health. “Despite these statistics, 20 percent of men report seeing a doctor so their significant other or a loved one will stop nagging them,” says Dr. Bernie. “It’s important to encourage the men in your life to see a doctor. You can make an impact!”

Key Health Facts

Understanding the unique health challenges men face is crucial in fostering proactive healthcare practices:

  • Mortality Rate: The overall mortality rate is 41 percent higher for men than women. Men face higher risks for 8 out of 10 leading causes of death, including heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.
  • Mental Health: Depression affects a significant portion of men, with 31 percent experiencing it in their lifetime. Despite this, only a quarter seek professional help, highlighting the importance of recognizing and addressing mental health concerns.
  • Prostate Cancer: Prostate cancer ranks as the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States. Men with a family history of the disease are at higher risk, emphasizing the importance of regular screenings and discussions with healthcare providers.
  • Erectile Dysfunction: Nearly 30 million men across the United States grapple with erectile dysfunction. While often viewed in isolation, it can serve as an early indicator of underlying conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes. Seeking guidance from a urologist can lead to comprehensive health assessments and interventions.

Empowering Men’s Health

National Men’s Health Month serves as a vital platform to educate, raise awareness, and encourage action. It’s a time for men to prioritize their health, engage in open conversations about well-being, and take proactive steps to safeguard their longevity.

At Atlantic Biologicals, we stand alongside men in their journey towards optimal health. Through advocacy, education, and access to essential healthcare resources, we empower individuals to take charge of their well-being, ensuring a healthier future for all.