The Coastal Wave
The Coastal Wave is the monthly newsletter of Coastal Health & Wellness.
Make Men's Health a Family Issue in June
GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas - Men’s health is a family issue. Husbands, fathers, sons and brothers who don’t take action to recognize and prevent their own health problems have a negative impact on wives, mothers, daughters and sisters.
Coastal Health & Wellness encourages you to use June, National Men’s Health Month, to encourage the men and boys in your life to make their health a priority. Here are steps men can take each day to improve health, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Get Good Sleep
Adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression. Also, poor sleep is responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related accidents.
Toss out the Tobacco
It’s never too late to quit. Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits. It improves your health and lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease and other smoking-related illnesses. Also avoid secondhand smoke. Inhaling other people's smoke causes health problems similar to those that smokers have.
Adults need at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, and muscle strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups on two or more days a week. You don't have to do it all at once. Spread your activity out during the week, and break it into smaller amounts of time during the day.
Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Fruits and vegetables have many vitamins and minerals that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.
Sometimes stress can be good. However, it can be harmful when it is severe enough to make you feel overwhelmed and out of control. Take care of yourself. Avoid drugs and alcohol. Find support. Connect socially. Stay active.
Stay on Top of Your Game
See your health care provider for regular checkups. Certain diseases and conditions may not have symptoms, so checkups help identify issues early or before they can become a problem.
Pay attention to signs and symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive thirst and problems with urination. If you have these or symptoms of any kind, be sure to see your health care provider. Don’t wait!
Keep track of your numbers for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), or any others that may be available to you. Ask your health care provider what tests you need and how often you need them.
Coastal Health & Wellness is here to help. Call (409) 938-2234 to schedule an appointment to speak with one of our providers about the health topics important to men and the whole family. Visit us at www.coastalhw.org for more information on the services we provide at our two locations, Texas City and Galveston.