Health Congregational Nursing Ministry

The Health-Congregational Nursing Ministry of FMBC shall promote good health by providing information and education on good nutrition, proper exercise, rest, and health related activities.  Congregational Nursing consists of registered (RN) and licensed practitioner nurses (LPN) who share their skills in promoting holistic health and ministry.

men's Mental health AWARENESS

November is Men’s Health Awareness Month and the Movember Foundation uses the month to bring awareness to and support of those tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide. Primarily, the annual observance is aimed at raising awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment of disease among men.

Statistically, men have a lower life expectancy due to stress, heart disease, prostate cancer, and stroke. Throughout the world, women live longer than men, although this gap varies tremendously in less developed countries. According to the CIA World Factbook, in the United States, average longevity for women is 82.2 years for women and 77.2 years for men, a five-year gap.  Many men have the mentality of “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” so if they cannot see or feel an external stimulus, they will think there is nothing ever wrong.  A majority of men are just not aware of what they can do to improve their health and live healthier and happier lives.

At a very least, get vaccinated. Everyone needs immunizations to stay healthy, no matter their age. Even if you were vaccinated as a child, you may need updates because immunity can fade with time. Vaccine recommendations are based on a range of factors, including age, overall health, and your medical history. 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SELF-CARE

  1. Get an annual physical exam by your primary care provider, including blood pressure, and height/weight checks.

  2. Annually screen for testicular cancer that includes monthly self-exams.

  3. Have cholesterol testing every five years.

  4. Screen for diabetes, thyroid disease, liver problems, and anemia.

  5. Depending on risk factors, screen for skin cancer, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infection, and alcohol and drug misuse.

  6. At 30, screen for coronary heart disease, especially with a strong family history of the disease and/or risk factors.

  7. At 40, screen for thyroid disease, liver problems, anemia, and prostate cancer.

  8. At 50, screen for cholesterol every five years; annually screen for Type II diabetes; lipid disorders; and skin, colon, and lung cancer. Obtain a shingles vaccine.

  9. At 60, screen for depression, osteoporosis, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and abdominal aortic aneurysm. Have a carotid artery ultrasound.

  10. At 70, depending on previous findings, some screenings may be done every six months.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MEN’S HEALTH REGARDLESS OF AGE

  1. Men have more difficulty handling stress than women, partially because women have better social networks and more friends with whom then can confide. Thus, men should seek out more friends, whether they are male or female.

  2. Laughter increases endorphins, thereby increasing longevity. Get a sense of humor and engage with others with whom you can laugh.

  3. Avoid tobacco products and non-prescriptive drugs.

  4. Avoid excessive sun exposure.

  5. Research the reliability of vitamins or herbs before starting them. Make sure it is recommended by professionals, not just the manufacturer of the item.

  6. Don’t become a workaholic; it increases stress and can lead to health concerns such as hypertension and weight gain. Get a hobby that helps you decrease stress, exercise in the manner you prefer, and seek help with diet to maintain a desirable weight.

Men’s health issues can be dramatically reduced through educational and promotional health awareness products. Whether you’re just starting a health and wellness program, or looking to expand your current one, there are several men’s health tools to choose from. Men are encouraged to be mindful of their medications, as well as yearly tests and wellness screenings. 

Reference:

Men’s Health Facts | Health Awareness Month [Infographic] (findatopdoc.com)

 

                                                                                                                                                  Dr. Audrey Kizzie

                                                                                                                           Health Congregational Nursing Ministry Coordinator