The Logan County Health Department is celebrating Father’s Day and Men’s Health Month during June. Men are encouraged to take steps to be healthy and lower their risks of chronic diseases.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men 18 and older in Logan County. Death certificate data show an increase in heart disease from 257.1 deaths/100,000 population in 2014 to 271.5 deaths in 2016.
The U.S Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for high blood pressure in adults 18 years or older, screening for abnormal blood glucose as part of cardiovascular risk assessment in adults aged 40 to 70 years who are overweight or obese, and screening for colorectal cancer starting at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years. According to data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey conducted in 2016, 59.6 percent of Oklahoma men 45 years and older reported having a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, which are procedures used to examine the colon.
Many conditions, including chronic health issues associated with these diseases, can be prevented or detected early.
Steps toward better health include:
- Setting health goals such as being active and maintaining a healthy weight.
- Being tobacco-free.
- Getting regular checkups and preventive screenings.
- Getting enough sleep.
- Eating fruits and vegetables every day.
- Drinking more water and less sugary drinks.
- Taking prescription medication only as prescribed.
- Taking time for yourself with activities you enjoy.
For information about services available at the Logan County Health Department clinic call 405-282-3485.