Heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death for males, but unintentional injuries are responsible for more than 6% of all male deaths every year. Motor vehicle traffic, poisonings, and falls are the leading causes of unintentional injury deaths.
Many injuries and illnesses can be avoided by following simple safety and health guidelines. Below are some tips to help you stay safe and healthy this summer and all year long.
Whether you plan to grill on the patio or picnic in the park, be sure to eat balanced meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
The summer is a great time to play outdoor games, garden, or walk. Start a new routine that combines fun and physical activity.
While it's great to be outside in the summer, protect yourself from sun and heat exposure by drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluids. Also be sure to wear (and reapply) sunscreen.
Wear a helmet when riding a bike or motorcycle, skating, or playing in contact sports.
If using fireworks this summer, have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of a fire.*
For more information about men's health and summer time safety tips, visit the Men's Health page at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
On a warm August evening after returning from their daughter’s home, Richard Vaughn* and his wife, Shirley, decided to have dinner at a local restaurant. Instead, it turned out to be a dining experience they would soon never forget.
During their meal, a blood clot formed in Richard's leg and traveled to his heart. "I was feeling short of breath and I told my wife to call 9-1-1," Richard recalls. "She made the call and an ambulance took me to a nearby hospital."
Shirley could not remember all the medications that Richard was taking, so she informed the emergency room staff that Richard had a MedicAlert necklace. One of the nurses called MedicAlert and had Richard’s medical information immediately faxed over. "It's hard to remember everything he takes," Shirley explains. "I was very pleased with MedicAlert's service and I'm sure the emergency room staff appreciated it too."
The Vaughns first heard about MedicAlert Foundation after their physician recommended it to them following Richard's lung transplant. "I highly recommend your service to anyone with a medical condition," says Richard.
Millions of people trust MedicAlert to speak for them in an emergency. If you have a MedicAlert story you would like to share with others, tell us your story.
*Name and image changed to protect member's identity.
MedicAlert Partners with ASA
MedicAlert is pleased to announce our partnership with the Autism Society of America (ASA) to provide protection and peace of mind for those with autism through our new program, MedicAlert + Safe and Sound.
Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disability that typically appears during an infant's first two years and affects their ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is increasingly seen as a chronic condition, as people with autism can also have significant medical conditions, which may require emergency medical help.
MedicAlert + Safe and Sound is specially designed for people living on the autism spectrum and helps reunite families and caregivers with the member in the event of a wandering or medical emergency. To learn more about MedicAlert + Safe and Sound, click here.
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