Men's Health Awarenessby Phillips Clinic on 05/31/22
Did you know that men, on average, die almost five years earlier than women? Part of the reason is that men are more reluctant to go to the doctor, according to menshealthmonth.org. In fact, studies show that women go to the doctor twice as much as men.
Additionally, Men’s Health Network notes that certain conditions are more prevalent in men, which patients and their doctors should keep an eye on through regular appointments, including an annual physical with recommended screenings.
FOCUSING ON MEN’S HEALTH
Detecting symptoms of certain health conditions early, when they are more easily treatable, is a critical factor in helping men stay healthy. That’s why getting all your doctor-recommended health care screenings in a timely fashion is the kind of to-do list that no man should ignore.
Ten Important health screenings for men
· Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.
· Blood Cholesterol
· Blood Pressure
· Colon Cancer
· Hepatitis C Virus
· Prostate Cancer
Additional guidelines and screenings recommended according to Medicine Plus include:
It seems simple but if you’re sick — see your doctor. According to the Health in Aging Foundation, 40% of men said that when sick, they delay seeking medical care for a few days; and 17% percent said they would wait “at least a week.” Don’t wait. Prompt medical care can be the difference between life and death.
It’s important to take medications as directed, (and especially for seniors) to keep a complete list of medications and dosages handy.
Always inform any doctor you visit about your medications – the more they know about your meds, the better they can look out for potentially life-threatening drug interactions
Vaccines and Inoculations
Keep up with recommended shots, including for flu, shingles, pneumonia and diphtheria/tetanus, is vitally important.
If you are age 50 to 70 and have risk factors for osteoporosis, you should discuss screening with your provider. Risk factors can include long-term steroid use, low body weight, smoking, heavy alcohol use, having a fracture after age 50, or a family history of osteoporosis.
An annual skin exam is recommended for all men!
Make your check up & screening exam at Phillips Clinic today!