Show up-Men need to be healthy, too.
One of the biggest problems in taking care of men is that men usually
do not seek health information or advice until they have become ill and
even then, only after they have become very ill. Usually when I see a
man as a patient it is only after his wife/daughter/girlfriend has
begged/pleaded/threatened him in to coming.
out which health concerns you should be thinking about. Ask you doctor
what you can do to prevent illness, live longer and improve your
quality of life.
Communicate-Speak to your doctor candidly. Let him or her know your symptoms, habits, and family history.
causes the largest number of preventable deaths in the United States.
It is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular
disease and numerous cancers. Talk to your doctor or seek out a
community-based Smoking cessation program.
diet can lead to or complicate numerous medical problems including
elevated cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Be physically active-“Working out” is helpful but there are other ways to be more physically active. Wear a pedometer to find out how active you are in your daily activities. Gradually increase your physical activity until you reach a goal of 10,000 steps per day.
Limit alcohol intake-Alcohol is the third preventable cause of death in the United States after Smoking and Obesity. If you do drink, please drink only in moderation and remember—never drink and drive.
Reconsider your high risk behaviors-Just
as poor diet, lack of exercise, alcohol consumption, and cigarette
smoking are preventable causes of death. Risk taking behaviors are also
under your control. High risk sexual behavior, motor vehicle crashes,
firearms incidents, and illicit drug use are in the top ten causes of
preventable causes of death. Take a look at your lifestyle and get the
help you need to change these behaviors.
Get screening health tests-Recommended
screening tests will vary based on your age, family history, personal
habits, and coexisting medical conditions. Talk to your doctor about
which screening health tests are valuable for you.
Take preventative medications-Like
screening health tests, preventative medicines are recommended for some
people. Again, these will be based on your relative risks and personal
health history. Deciding how to deal with this issue should be part of
a candid, detailed conversation with your doctor.