5 Things All Men Should Do
Men who would never be five minutes late to a baseball game or an important meeting are typically five years late in getting recommended medical screenings. They aren’t much better about having unexplained symptoms evaluated by a physician, either.
In fact, men see doctors for annual exams and preventative health services half as often as women. So it’s time to retire the “take it like a man” approach and get up to speed on prevention. Now is the perfect time to schedule exams and doctor’s appointments. These five health services will ensure that you’re your best and healthiest self.
Schedule a Check-Up: A regular health exam is the best way to identify health problems before they become serious. Early detection will not only prevent health problems from getting worse, it will also allow for more treatment options if needed. Regular check-ups are the best way to start developing a relationship with your physician and bonus; they are covered by most insurance plans. Find your physician today.
Prostate Cancer Screening: About 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Due to its prevalence, it is important to have your prostate routinely examined. Often times, prostate cancer has no symptoms, so a prostate cancer screening is the most effective method of early detection. Also, reference these convenient prevention guideline charts to see what health practices are best for your age group.
Immunizations: For many adults, immunizations are a thing of the past; however, there is growing evidence that vaccinations should not be left behind in the childhood years. In addition to physician recommended immunizations, here are some vaccines that are recommended for men according to the CDC: Tdap, HPV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, Meningitis, Pneumococcal disease and Shingles.
Nutrition Counseling & Weight Management: Dieting on your own can be challenging, plus it can be expensive and ineffective. Enter dietitians—these experts specialize in tailoring a nutrition plan specific to your needs and lifestyle. Not only can dietitians address weight management, they can also make a positive difference in your life by providing these services: nutrition consultations, metabolism testing and Diet by Design which addresses conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and much more.
Fitness & Performance: Whether you are starting an exercise routine, or you have a sports injury due to overuse, athletic trainers and physical therapists can help. Especially in the summer months, it is important to exercise safely and healthfully. So no matter your fitness level, utilizing services like fitness assessments and personal fitness training will surely take your fitness experience to the next level.
Remember, men, while scheduling multiple health exams and appointments can feel slightly overwhelming, start by scheduling at least one appointment today. Gwinnett Medical Center can help; learn more about the programs and services that we offer.