Okay, let’s first acknowledge that June is far more than Men’s Health Month and Fruit and Vegetable Month, come on. It’s Pride Month, Caribbean-American Heritage Month, Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and more! And while I could certainly make a connection to all of these observations (like health disparities amongst LGBTQ+ youth, or the health risks of Caribbean people, and how there’s research suggesting certain diets can prevent Alzheimers) I chose to focus on topics that will, hopefully, resonate with our community at large. If you feel connected to any of these topics, or others, I’d encourage you to read and share what you find.

Men’s Health Month started in 1994 encouraging men (yeah, you) to take care of themselves! The whole “tough it up” and “suck it up” mentality can be hiding something serious. That nagging pain in your back, your IBS symptoms, chronic joint pain, and more? Yeah, that stuff. Don’t allow the sheltering of your symptoms to shadow what’s happening. So, for Men’s Health Month, here are some action items for you:

  1. Eat it: Have you ever been told that you could eat whatever you wanted when you were young? Well, that’s wrong. What you ate then matters arguable more than what you eat now. Just like building a foundation of a home, it’s best to start with a strong base. However, it’s never too late to build that base.
    • A leading cause of death among men is heart disease and men are twice as likely to die from a heart attack than women. In a previous post, we talked about some of the food and lifestyle choices that can prevent this.
    • There are a myriad of health conditions connected to food and diet like ED, cancers, prostate health, and more!
  2. Check it: Meet with your PCP. Understand your risk factors. Get tested. Seek help.
  3. Watch it: Your behaviors have outcomes. Exactly how risky your behaviors are can impact the chances of undesirable outcomes. Watch how much you drink (no more than 2 per day for men, which is less than what you think it is). Avoid nicotine (cigarettes, cigars, vapes, gum, etc.).

I hope that at the very least, this strikes conversation. Maybe it’s conversation you don’t want to particularly engage in with your wife/partner. So, if you’d like to talk to someone (outside of the home) check out what our nutrition services can do for you.