From Baptist Health South Florida
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Most men would rather banter about sports and cars than their own health. And most men hesitate to make an appointment to see a primary physician for a checkup.
June is Men’s Health Month, a time to encourage the men in everyone’s lives to seek regular medical advice and potentially get early treatment for chronic conditions, including heart disease.
Women are 100 percent more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But it is men who may need to see a doctor sooner. That’s because men have a greater propensity to smoke, drink and die of heart disease at a greater rate than women.
When men skip medical check-ups or screenings, they miss a good shot at preventing heart disease, the No. 1 cause of death for U.S. men, all age groups considered.
“Approximately one out of three men reports having no primary care physician, compared with one in five women,” says Lester Carrodeguas, M.D., a family medicine physician with Baptist Health Primary Care in Kendall. ” And almost 50 percent don’t engage in regular physical activity, one third of them are obese, and almost one third are found to have elevated blood pressure.”
Annual checkups for both men and women include very important analysis of blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure, among other health risk factors.
Many men over 50 fear the digital-rectal examination of the prostate to determine any irregularities. It is still considered the most reliable initial test to diagnose potential signs of prostate cancer. The physician will feel the prostate for hard, lumpy or abnormal areas.
“Men should not let one test stop them from getting all the benefits of an annual physical,” says Dr. Carrodeguas.
According to the CDC, here are four ways for men to “Stay on Top of Your Game” when it comes to their health:
Everyone benefits from healthy eating, regular exercise and avoid smoking or excessive alcohol. Here is the CDC’s guidance for men, which applies to all adults.
“The women in the household usually oversee doctors’ appointments for the children, and most often have to convince the men in their lives to see a doctor,” says Dr. Carrodeguas. “Men shouldn’t wait until something is wrong to get checked.”
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