June is Men's Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month, a time to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. 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.

Below are some tips from Dr. Thomas Poulton from TAMC's Urology Services and Dr. Brian Adrian from TAMC's Fort Fairfield Health Center.

Walking May Benefit the Prostate

More people than ever are keeping healthy through walking, in part due to the popularity of activity trackers such as Fit Bits. It’s well known that walking benefits the heart by lowering your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. It also helps to keep your weight in check. Now new research finds that walking may be good for the prostate too.

One study of 51,000 men with early prostate cancer found that 3 hours of casual walking each week or walking at a faster pace for 90 minutes, reduced the men’s’ fatigue, depression and helped prevent weight gain.

Another study found that men with prostate cancer who walked at a faster pace before they were diagnosed had more regularly shaped blood vessels in their prostate than those who walked slowly. More regularly shaped blood vessels are associated with a more favorable prostate cancer outcome.

When beginning a walking program, start slow. Ten minutes at a time, then build from there to a more brisk walk. A wearable activity tracker or phone app can help you keep track of how far and how fast you walk. Walking can be more fun if you have a friend join you.

The Health Effects of Obesity

One of the topics we often overlook is obesity, which has a far-ranging negative effect on health. The health effects linked with obesity include: high blood pressure, where more blood is needed, causing the heart to work harder, which can lead to a heart attack. Among other things, obesity is also a major cause of type 2 diabetes, joint problems, and many types of cancers. It’s important to take your weight seriously and take steps to eat healthier and maintain a more active lifestyle.

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Walking for prostate health
The health effects of obesity

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