When sick or injured, men often think they can tough it out. But medical conditions don’t care how tough you are and can affect even the strongest men. The only way to beat them is to start owning your health.
Men are more likely than women to die from serious health issues, such as heart disease and cancer. It’s often because they don’t stay on top of preventive care, such as going to the doctor for an annual exam or getting health screenings. Many of the top men’s health concerns – heart disease, diabetes and prostate cancer – can be successfully managed or treated when found during the earliest stages.
One of the best things you can do for your health is to check in with your primary care physician on an annual basis. Many people are worried their doctor will judge them if they haven’t been in for a while. But most healthcare providers are more than happy to address health issues when you’re ready and willing – even if it’s been a few years since your last visit. An annual exam is also a great time to get caught up on screenings.
Think of maintaining your health as you would your vehicle. You fill your car’s tank with gas, take it for regular oil changes, and go for routine maintenance checks. You need to do the same for yourself. Just like there’s natural wear and tear on your vehicle, your body will also eventually run into minor issues. But if you stay on top of your health, small issues are less likely to progress into big problems.
Here are four additional tips that can help men stay healthy:
- Pay attention to your body and contact your doctor if you notice any symptoms or changes.
- Eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of lean protein, whole grains, healthy fats, and vegetables and fruit.
- Get regular exercise, including a mix of cardio and strength training.
- Keep stress in check and aim for eight hours of sleep per night.
Edward-Elmhurst Health is committed to helping people access the care they need, when they need it. That’s why we offer flexible scheduling, including evening and weekend appointments. We also allow for online scheduling and provide reminders for routine appointments so you’ll never miss out on getting the care you need.