Here's to your health, Dad! Cincinnati MDs weigh in on top 9 health issues affecting the men we love

CINCINNATI - The gift of health may be the best one for Father's Day. We asked four local doctors to share the top 9 medical issues most affecting men and offer guidance on how to tackle them.

Nita Walker, MD: Primary care and general internal medicine specialist with UC Health.

6. Depression

It’s common! More than six million men in the United States have at least one episode of major depression each year, according to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

Depression can affect a man’s ability to be productive, Walker said. 

“He may not be able to function as well in his job, in his family, and may isolate himself from family and friends.”

Take Action: If you are stressed and overwhelmed, seek help, so that it doesn’t spiral out of control. Consult a primary care provider and start treatment or counseling, if needed. Sometimes, depression can be lessened by adequate sleep and staying away from alcohol, narcotics, and illegal substances. Walker said some employers offer assistance programs where people can get support in a confidential manner.

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