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Studies have shown that the average life span for men is about seven years less than that of women. Men are also more likely to die of chronic disease. Yet, when it comes to prevention and early detection, men are 24 percent less likely than women to see a health professional for a medical appointment. Men are also 22 percent more likely than women to have neglected routine health screenings such as cholesterol checks. This is likely a major cause for the disparity between men’s and women’s average life spans.

Celebrated every June, Men’s Health Month is a great opportunity to raise men’s awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

Steinlage Insurance Agency wants to celebrate Men’s Health Month by encouraging men to have regular checkups and get screenings for cholesterol, blood sugar, prostate disease and colon cancer. Men can also benefit from discussions with providers about healthy lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking and drinking, eating a nutritious diet, getting more exercise, and reducing stress. Check out our previous post for a list of preventive services.

Encouraging men to have regular medical checkups and engaging men in health care discussions are important tools in the fight to prevent cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes — some of the leading causes of death in men.