A recent study found that 65 percent of men said they avoid going to the doctor as long as possible.* This Men’s Health Month, we’d like to see that change.
June is Men’s Health Month, the perfect time to remind the men in your life of some simple things to do to improve their wellbeing – including seeing a doctor.
1. First, find a primary care provider (PCP).
Everyone can benefit from a long-term relationship with a PCP who knows their medical background and understands what is important to them. If seeing the doctor sounds like an inconvenience, opt for a virtual visit! When meeting with a PCP, be sure to share your complete medical history so nothing is overlooked.
2. Get screened early.
Men can prevent common issues by meeting with a PCP to get regular screenings. Here’s a list of health maintenance tests for men aged 40-64+.
- Physical exam
- Blood pressure screening
- Cholesterol screening and heart disease prevention
- Diabetes screening
- Colon cancer screening
- Prostate cancer screening
- Testicular exam
- Lung cancer screening
- Osteoporosis screening
- Dental exam
- Eye exam
3. Get moving.
Encourage the men in your life to exercise, with a goal of 30 minutes of moderate activity at least five times per week. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American men, and regular exercise is one of the best ways to prevent this condition.
4. Eat a balanced diet.
Avoid processed and packaged foods, opting for natural choices like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain products, fiber-rich foods, lean meats, and fish.
5. Protect your skin.
Our coastal summers mean more time outdoors, and one of the best preventive measures your guy can take is to protect their skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), men over the age of 50 are at a heightened risk of developing Melanoma. Spend time in the shade, cover the body in protective clothing, use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and reapply often.
Memorial is your partner in care, offering primary care services and virtual visits. Learn more by visiting wearememorial.com or by calling 228-867-5000.
*Research by The Cleveland Clinic