Men...What Should You Be Doing to Stay Healthy?
June is National Men's Health Month. The goal of Men's Health Month is to make men and their families aware of preventable health problems and encourage early screening and treatment for boys and men. Women make twice as many visits to their doctor as men, and that doesn't include any pregnancy-related visits.
Men need to be encouraged to create a new relationship with their health providers, one of partners in wellness. Regular exams should be seen as important as regular tune-ups for their car or an investment more valuable than a flat screen TV or audio equipment.
So what specifically should a man do? Check out the following recommendations.
Steps To Prevent Illness
- Eat a diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat protein.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Limit alcohol consumption and sweetened beverages.
- Wear sunscreen regularly.
- Maintain a healthy weight by eating right and getting 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 days a week.
- Don't smoke.
- Manage your stress.
- Always wear a seatbelt.
- Get regular checkups from your physician.
Warning Signs to Watch For
Pay attention to any warning signs and see your doctor immediately to identify any potential problem and begin treatment, if necessary. Warning signs include:
- Any change in bowel or bladder habits
- Changes in moles
- A nagging cough
- Recurring chest pain
- Any indication of numbness in the limbs
- Unexplained weight loss or fatigue
- Erectile dysfunction
- Persistent depression.
These may be signs of a more serious problem and should be checked out right away.
Common Health Screenings for Men
- Blood pressure (yearly)
- Height and weight, BMI
- EKG (baseline)
- Rectal exam (yearly)
- Lipid profile
- Fasting Plasma Glucose test (FPG)
- Skin check
Other screenings may be recommended based on age, medical history and family history. Consult with your health professional about what's right for you.
Men, make a commitment to taking control of your health. Practice healthy behaviors and see your doctor regularly. Pretending something isn’t important doesn’t make it so. Sharing with your doctor your family history and your concerns is essential. Women, let the men in your life know how important their health is to you. By taking good care of themselves, men will be healthier and our families will be better for it.
This article was published in the June 2016 edition of the Healthy U @ Work newsletter from WorkingWell. Courtesy of Complete Wellness Solutions. WorkingWell is a network of occupational health services and part of Franciscan Alliance, Inc. With locations in Northwest Indiana and Greater Indianapolis, WorkingWell’s team of professionals provide high-quality medical care to business and industry, with a primary goal to work closely with employers to ensure employees are "working well."