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Jun 22 2018

Men’s Health

By Barbara Radin Fox, LISW-CP for The Island Connection

Stuart and Reagan Passantino on North Beach.
(Photo by Jennifer Passantino).

We at The Seabrook Island Healthcare Professionals Group hope that everyone has been feeling as well as possible this past month and are looking forward to a summer of fun.

There are so many healthy activities to get involved with on our sea islands- golf, tennis, pickle ball, horseback riding, walking, running, bike riding, kayaking, swimming, paddleboarding and much more. Get out and enjoy them while giving your health a boost.

This month’s column is focused on men’s health in honor of Father’s Day. Along with mothers, fathers are the most important influence in children’s lives. So let’s encourage these great men to stay healthy.

The statistics are eye-opening: 12.4% of all men 18 and older are in fair or poor health according to Summary Health Statistics Tables for U.S. Adults. Men face grave risks from a number of diseases, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and prostate cancer.

Men have much the same guidelines for good health as for women. These include maintaining a BMI of 20-25, exercising 30 minutes per day for 5 days/week (60 minutes to lose weight), sleeping 7-8 hours per day, limit alcohol to no more than 2 drinks per day, not smoking and avoiding opiates.

The latest guidelines for colon screening by a national screening task force recommend starting screening at age 45. Men also need to pay attention to screening for prostate cancer starting at age 45. Younger men need to be aware of signs and symptoms of testicular cancer.

Talk to your healthcare provider about what health screenings are right for you.

The Seabrook Island Healthcare Professionals Group welcomes any active or retired health professional living on Seabrook Island. Meeting are held the first Thursday of every month, 7-8 p.m. at the Lake House in the Osprey 2 room.

Send questions or suggestions about health related topics you would like to see addressed in our column to Barbara Fox at FoxB@BodyAndSoulTherapy.com or 2045 Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC 29412.

While we will strive to provide meaningful information, we do not give specific medical advice.

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