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JUNE RECOGNIZES MENíS HEALTH

Wed June 4, 2014

June is Men's Health Month and the DuPage County Health Department reminds men that just a few lifestyle changes will result in a healthier and longer life.

Statistics show that men die earlier than women, but more than half of these early deaths can be prevented.  The Health Department recommends these changes:

· Eat more fruits and vegetables.

· Keep serving sizes in check; watch your intake of salt, fat and empty calories.

· Get enough sleep.

· Protect yourself from injuries at work, home or play.

· Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days.

· Quit smoking.

· Lose weight if you are overweight.

· If you drink, do so in moderation.

Men tend to go to the doctor only when they are already ill, but regular screenings can prevent serious health problems:

· Blood pressure: At least every two years.

· Cholesterol: Ages 20 to 35 should be tested every five years. If you are over 35 or at high risk, talk to your doctor about frequency.

· Diabetes: Those with high blood pressure should be screened regularly.

· Prostate cancer: Ages 50 and older, discuss the benefits and risks of screening with your doctor.

· Colon cancer: Beginning at age 50, colonoscopy every 10 years, OR flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years OR fecal occult blood test annually.

· Hearing: Beginning at age 65. Talk to your doctor about frequency.

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