Get Your Man to the Doctor!

This week, June 11-17, is Men's Health Week—a week dedicated to raising awareness of preventable men's health problems. So, what better time than now to encourage your man to head to the doctor?

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, men are 24 percent less likely than women to have visited the doctor in the last year. Encourage the men in your life, whether it be your dad, son, brother or husband, to take an active role in their healthcare–not just for themselves but for their family and loved ones.

All men should get a regular check-up with their healthcare provider every 1 to 2 years. Depending on their age, men should also schedule the recommended preventative medical tests, including:

Blood Pressure
Men ages 18 and older should have it checked at least every 2 years.

Cholesterol
Have it checked every year beginning at age 35 or earlier if you are at increased risk for heart disease.

Diabetes
The American Diabetes Association recommends diabetes screening every three years for adults age 45 or older or sooner if you have other risk factors for diabetes.

Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US. Men who are 50 and over should be screened for colorectal cancer. The frequency of screening depends on which test your doctor recommends you get.

Prostate Cancer
Men should discuss prostate cancer screening with their doctor to see if and when they should be tested.

Preventative care can help provide important information and can detect diseases before symptoms develop, often reducing the risk for serious illness and death. Make sure you take the right steps to protect yourself–for you and for your loved ones. For more information on the recommended health screenings for men, browse this article on our Health Library. You can also visit us online to view our services or give us a call at 352-596-6632.

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