Men are good at taking care of a lot of things. But one thing many men don’t take good care of is their own bodies. They are not protecting their health.
Surveys tell us that men don’t see their doctors often enough. Many men wait until a health problem is bad before they get help. Men need to understand that seeing their doctor to stay well isn’t a waste of time. It’s the smart thing to do.
Men should have regular physical exams every one to three years. (Ask your doctor how often you need to have a physical.) At these exams, the doctor can test for health problems before they get serious, while they can still be treated easily. If you have a condition like diabetes, you will need to see your doctor more often.
Many of the major health risks that men often face, like heart disease and colon cancer, can be prevented and even treated with an early diagnosis. Doctors regularly screen for unhealthy blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, mental health, and weight. Men’s Health Network recommends the following simple, lifesaving screenings:
Here are some of the tests a man will be tested for or can request during an annual exam:
Do the smart man thing. If it’s been a while since the men you care about have been to the doctor for a routine physical, pick up the phone and schedule a visit.
Bingham Healthcare has offices in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, and Shelley. Call (208) 785-4100 to find an office near you or visit our Family Medicine page.
*African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer may wish to begin prostate screenings at age 40 or earlier.