Dear BoomAthens Readers,
Welcome to the Men’s Edition of BoomAthens! While June has been designated as Men’s Health Month each year, it’s an important issue this month and every month and it’s often swept under the rug.
AARP understands that the topic of health can be difficult for men to discuss. Other life issues, such as your family, job or life, in general, can hinder your ability to pay attention to your health.
The idea that men are not allowed to feel emotions is outdated. Men are faced with the “strong” stigma and often feel embarrassed or emasculated to discuss that they may not be at their best, but ailments such as anxiety and depression are not gender specific.
Research done by the Cleveland Clinic showed that about 60 percent of men said they only see a doctor after a symptom or problem becomes unbearable; about 20 percent admitted the only reason they see the doctor is to stop their significant other from nagging. This reluctance to seek medical treatment can lead to serious, untreated conditions and possibly more severe problems in the future.
Some people believe that as you age your ability to be active declines, but that is simply not true. There are different types of sports (see ping pong in this issue), and ways to be active for all age groups, including seniors. Getting involved in a sport by yourself, with family or friends can have a lasting impact on your health. Staying active in your older years is imperative to maintaining good health, in mind and body.
Participating in regular physical activity reduces and maintains your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Being active also helps you keep a healthy body mass index. This in turn lowers your risk for health conditions like cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults who stay physically active have better-quality sleep, fewer symptoms of depression, and reduced cognitive decline.
Don’t let your health slip away from you. It’s never too late to seek help or get active.
For more information visit https://www.aarp.org/healthyliving
All the best,
State Director, AARP Georgia
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