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Mount Nittany Health Highlights Men’s Health as Father’s Day Nears

Mount Nittany Health Highlights Men’s Health as Father’s Day Nears

As Father’s Day approaches, Mount Nittany Health is highlighting the importance of men’s health. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on average, men in the United States die nearly 6 years earlier than women and are at higher risk for many serious diseases, including heart disease, skin cancer, and lung cancer.

One noteworthy trend is that men often avoid visiting the doctor or scheduling their own appointments. According the to Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Early Detection Survey, 1 in 5 men self-reported that a relative or partner schedules their health care appointments, and 65% reported they are behind on at least one routine cancer screening.

National Men’s Health Week, observed annually during the week leading up to Father’s Day, aims to address these issues by raising awareness and encouraging men to take proactive steps towards better health. In addition to celebrating with gifts, meals, and family time, this week is an excellent opportunity to encourage the men in your life to focus on their health.

Mount Nittany Health emphasizes that one of the most essential steps men can take is to monitor their key health metrics and schedule regular preventative check-ups. By tracking vital indicators such as cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels, men can take significant steps to prevent chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Primary care providers play a vital role in helping men understand and monitor their key health metrics. Regular check-ups and screenings with primary care providers enable men to stay ahead of potential health concerns and maintain good health. Consulting with a primary care provider allows men to identify and address any underlying health issues that may impact their wellbeing.

If there’s a man in your life who avoids going to the doctor, or doesn’t have a primary care provider, encourage them to take control of their health during National Men’s Health Week. Let’s make this Father’s Day not just a celebration of our fathers and grandfathers, but a commitment to ensuring their health and longevity.

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