June is Men’s Health Awareness Month

Was Your Last Check-up

When you Were a Keiki?

 

Men make about two-thirds as many healthcare provider visits as women. June is Men’s Health Month and Hamakua-Kohala Health encourages men and boys to come in for a checkup. Many men’s health problems are preventable and early detection and treatment are more important than you think.

Some health concerns are specific to men and include prostrate related issues and testosterone deficiency. Other health concerns, such as high blood pressure, heart attack, heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, and urinary issues affect both men and women. Also of joint concern are alcohol and narcotic use disorder, smoking/e-cigarette (vaping) use, and obesity and stress, according to the Men’s Health Network and the CDC.

 

Hamakua-Kohala Health wants to help our community with all of these issues. Come see us to discuss:

Heart Disease

Heart disease is the most common cause of death for men in the U.S. A healthy diet and lifestyle are the most common contributors to good cardiovascular health. Modest changes to your diet can help to reduce your risk of developing heart disease.

According to the American Heart Association, 1 in 3 American men suffer from one or more cardiovascular conditions, and every year 1 in 4 of those men die — that’s more than cancer and diabetes combined. Heart disease is also a major cause of disability and decreases the quality of life for millions of people.

 

Diabetes

Diabetes contributes to the deaths of over 200,000 Americans every year. Also, it’s a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputations. People with diabetes are more than twice as likely to develop heart disease or die from a heart attack as people without diabetes.

 

Cancer

During the course of a lifetime half of all men will get cancer at least once. The saddest part about this is that most of these cancers and deaths are preventable. Cancer can strike anyone, at any age, but the majority of cases happen to people 55 and over. Prostate cancer is the leading cancer for men in the U.S. It is followed by lung cancer and then colorectal cancer. The fourth most common cancer is race-dependent: stomach cancer for Asian and Pacific Island men and bladder cancer for Caucasian men.

Come spend some time getting to know yourself and your body. See your healthcare provider, especially if you notice any significant changes. Caught early, many cancers can be treated successfully.

 

Vaccinate Against Some Cancers

Gardasil is a vaccine given to both preteen girls and boys to reduce risk of various types of cancer from the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Often, cancers of the back of the throat and cancers of the anus/rectum usually aren’t detected until later stages when they are difficult to treat. HPV vaccination can prevent many of these cancers from ever developing. Throat cancer has outpaced cervical cancer as the most common HPV-related cancer, and has risen more than 225% in the last decade.

 

Stress and Behavioral Health and Well-being

Even when they do see a healthcare provider, men are often reluctant to talk about what’s really bothering them, especially if it has anything to do with feelings or mood. Plus, most men don’t realize that some of the physical symptoms they may experience —things like chronic pain and digestive problems — could actually be caused by a behavioral health issue such as depression, anxiety or stress.

Then there are the men who know (or at least strongly suspect) that they have a problem, but suffer in silence, afraid to admit they need help. Depression is under-diagnosed in men and men are over four times more likely than women to commit suicide. Come talk with us; the Hamakua-Kohala Health care team is here for you.

Hamakua-Kohala Health offers Smoking/e-Cigarette (Vaping) Cessation counseling, Alcohol Use Disorder individual and group counseling and Behavioral Health counseling, along with comprehensive primary and preventative healthcare to everyone, regardless of your ability to pay, even if you have no insurance.

 

Always Accepting New Patients

MOST HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS COVER LIFESAVING PREVENTATIVE TESTS. USE THE HEALTH BENEFITS YOU ARE ALREADY PAYING FOR OR ARE ENTITLED TO AND GET SCREENED! CALL TODAY. If you do not have insurance, come get screened anyway. Our doors are always open.

 

Accepting Donations Now

We need your financial support to help our community receive vital primary and preventative health care, including important behavioral health, and group and individual substance use disorder programs. We accept donations online, please click “Ways to Give,” or feel free to mail your check to the Honoka’a address below. If you have any questions, please call CEO Irene Carpenter directly at 930-2745. Thank you for joining with us to accomplish great things!

Call Hamakua-Kohala Health for an appointment today to talk with your health care provider about what steps you can take for better health:

 

Honoka’a: 775-7204; 45-549 Plumeria St. Honoka’a, HI 96727

New Honoka’a Patients Please Call 930-2719

Kapa’au: 889-6236; 53-3925 Akoni Pule Hwy

Learn more about donating online, our health care team and services, and the Medfusion  Patient Portal.

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