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Men’s Health is a family health issue and June is Men’s Month

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By Dr. Mohamed El Sayed, ND, MSc, PhD.


 

“Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.”
Congressman Bill Richardson (Congressional Record, H3905-H3906, May 24, 1994)

There are many occasions in June which foster men’s health. The aim of this blog is to recognize and celebrate these events and highlight their importance.

 

 

Men’s Health Month

The month of June is Men’s Health Month: the aim of this month is to promote awareness, prevention, education, and family engagement for the health and well-being of men and boys, with a further goal of empowering men through education, advocacy, and outreach, to prioritize their health and seek support.

The focus of 2024 is to support the longevity, health, and well-being of men and boys. This could be achieved by building awareness amongst people about this. By starting to welcome discussion about men’s health, we can create an atmosphere that allows all people to collaborate on improving health outcomes for men and boys within each community. Hence, this can be reflected in a more supportive and protective environment where men feel comfortable discussing their health concerns, seeking help, and getting assistance when necessary. Men’s Health Month is a crucial chance to raise awareness about the unique health challenges faced by men and boys for example mental health, physical well-being, and the importance of regular health check-ups.

 

 

Men’s Health Week: June 10-16, 2024

Men’s Health Week is a global occasion. The goals are to increase awareness of Men’s health issues and to encourage institutions and policymakers to develop health policies and services that satisfy the specific needs of men, boys, and their families. Increasing access to essential healthcare could be achieved for example by providing men with the tools and resources needed to make lifestyle changes that can improve their health. Men’s Health Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment. This week also provides a chance for healthcare providers, public policymakers and the media to encourage men, boys and their families to support them in seeking medical advice and prompt treatment.

 

 

According to Public Health Agency of Canada – Canada.ca (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health.html), many Canadian men are not as healthy as they could be. Some statistics about Canadian men (Canadian Men’s Health Week – Statistics Canada (statcan.gc.ca)), revealed that about 29% are obese; 82% do not meet physical activity guidelines; 76% do not eat healthy food; and 35% do not get enough sleep. Encouraging small changes in the men’s lifestyle as counseling for healthy eating choices, regular physical activity, limiting alcohol consumption, not smoking, and ensuring adequate sleep are fundamental steps. These changes can promote health and stimulate the prevention of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even some types of cancer.

Canadian Men’s Health Foundation in partnership with the government of Canada provides online resources that include practical tips and tools that could help men make lifestyle changes to improve their long-term physical and mental health. These resources can be reached through this website Don’t Change Much – Easy Health Tips For Guys (dontchangemuch.ca) and The  Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines (csepguidelines.ca). Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines provide physical activity, and sleep recommendations for adults in Canada aged 18 to 64 years and 65 years and older which are very helpful resources. In addition, Get it checked poster men.pdf (menshealthnetwork.org) provides information about all the checkup and screening guidelines for men to discuss these with their health care providers.

To have more in-depth information about the top men’s health interests you can visit  Men’s Health Network (menshealthnetwork.org) and its associated resources:

Prostate Cancer – Men’s Health Network (menshealthnetwork.org)

Testicular Cancer – Men’s Health Network (menshealthnetwork.org)

Erectile Dysfunction – Men’s Health Network (menshealthnetwork.org)

Low Testosterone – Men’s Health Network (menshealthnetwork.org)

Hair Loss – Men’s Health Network (menshealthnetwork.org)

Premature Ejaculation – Men’s Health Network (menshealthnetwork.org)

Enlarged Prostate – Men’s Health Network (menshealthnetwork.org)

Sexually Transmitted Infections – Men’s Health Network (menshealthnetwork.org)

Mental Health Issues – Men’s Health Network (menshealthnetwork.org)

Men’s General Health – Men’s Health Network (menshealthnetwork.org)

 

“Wear Blue” Day

Friday, June 14, 2024 is “Wear Blue” Day; where employees and employers can ‘Wear Blue’ to raise donations to support the mental health of men/boys through the Men’s Health Network Men’s Health Network (menshealthnetwork.org) and activate the hashtag  #ShowUsYourBlue to engage on this.

Last, but not least; Sunday, June 16, 2024, is Father’s Day! Father’s Day is a social event to appreciate and acknowledge the importance of fathers, fostering a sense of gratitude, love, and enhance familial connection through building stronger relationships, raising awareness, and provide emotional support for the whole family.

The Patterson Institute for Integrative Oncology Research and the Center of Health Innovation encourage recognition and celebration of this event and work to highlight their importance in promoting Men’s health.

 

Additional information and more reading can be reached through the following links below:

Men’s Health Week – Canada.ca

Men’s Health Week – Men’s Health Month (menshealthmonth.org)

International Men’s Health Week – Men’s Health Month (menshealthmonth.org)

Canadian Men’s Health Week – Statistics Canada (statcan.gc.ca)

Home – Men’s Health Network (menshealthnetwork.org)

Men’s Health Month – Celebrated Each June (menshealthmonth.org)

MHM Toolkit 2024 (menshealthmonth.org)


 

Author: Dr. Mohamed El Sayed, ND, MSc, PhD

In addition to being a registered naturopathic doctor, Mohamed is a foreign-trained medical doctor and a research assistant at the Patterson Institute for Integrative Oncology Research with the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). He is also a teaching assistant for clinical courses at CCNM. He focuses on integrative medicine, as well as supportive and integrative oncology care. He follows an evidence-informed approach and is passionate about research and teaching. Mohamed has published 30 journal articles and is a reviewer for five international peer-reviewed oncology journals.


 

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