Men’s Health Facts
According to the CDC, women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual physical exams than men.
Depression in men is undiagnosed contributing to the fact that men are 4 times more likely to commit suicide than women (According to Men’s Health Network).
The goal of Men’s Health Month is to bring awareness to preventable health problems and encourage early detection of diseases among men and boys. This month, encourage the men in your life to get a physical and take steps to live a healthier lifestyle.
Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle for Men:
- Watch what you eat – eating a balanced diet and reducing salt and sugar intake are key to staying healthy
- Spend time with friends and family – Strengthening your relationships can lead to relaxing and mood improvement.
- Exercise regularly – Get up and move around once an hour, if possible. Sitting at a desk all day is not good for your physical or mental health. Staying active can help improve your physical, mental, and emotional health.
- Get enough sleep – A good night’s sleep is important to help you feel and function your best.
- Listen to music – music is therapy for a large portion of Americans.
- Practice mindful breathing – reduce negative thoughts and promote relaxation.
- Reduce alcoholic beverage consumption – drinking too many packs on calories and over-drinking is a factor in more than 200 diseases, such as cirrhosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and more.
Guidelines for Exams Men Should Have
- Men 20 and older should have the following tests done yearly:
Blood pressure, rectal exam to screen for colon and prostate cancer, PSA blood test to screen for prostate cancer, stool test to screen for colon cancer, and self-screen for testicular cancer monthly.
- If you are a smoker, you may need to get a yearly chest x-ray at Sand Lake Imaging as part of your physical.
- All of the above exams should be done yearly for men over the age of 40, in addition to the following exams, every two years:
Blood tests and urinalysis to screen for cholesterol disease, diabetes, kidney or thyroid dysfunction. EKG to screen for heart abnormalities. Discuss with your physician testosterone screening.
- Ask your doctor about bone density exams at Sand Lake Imaging. We also offer CT coronary calcium scoring to detect the presence of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries.
- All of the above exams should be done yearly for men over the age of 50, in addition to the following exams every 3-4 years:
colorectal exam to screen for colon cancer. Ask your doctor about bone density exams at Sand Lake Imaging.
If you need any further exams, please have your physician schedule at Sand Lake Imaging. We treat each of our patients like family.