At HealthLynked, we believe every day is a great day to focus on wellness and remind those around you health is true wealth. Today, Father’s Day, is another great opportunity to heighten the awareness of preventable health disorders and disease and encourage the men in your life to be more active and health conscious.
For Father’s Day, we serve up these gentle reminders of 6 ways you can refocus on your health, courtesy of the CDC:
Get Enough Sleep
Aim for seven to nine hours per night. Your mind and muscles need the recovery.
If you quit now, you’ll lower your risk for cancer, COPD, and other smoking-related illnesses.
Enjoy at least 2 ½ hours of aerobic activity, plus muscle-strengthening exercises, each week.
Your diet should include a variety of well proportioned proteins and fruits and vegetables daily.
You’ll feel much more relaxed if you avoid drugs and alcohol, connect socially, and find support.
Get Regular Checkups
You need to know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers; if they’re elevated, your risk for heart disease and stroke goes up…. High blood pressure may even increase your risk for erectile dysfunction! You also need screening for colorectal and prostate cancer. Across every spectrum of disease, positive outcomes are more likely with early detection.
Men simply do not visit caregivers as often as they should. According to a CDC report, women are 100% more likely to visit a physician for preventive services and routine checkups. The same report remarks men are 33% less likely to see their doctor for any reason, even when symptomatic.
The American Heart Association outlines the following 10 common excuses men give for not seeing a doctor:
“I don’t have a doctor.”
Step one toward staying healthy is finding a doctor you trust, and you’ll never know if you trust one unless you try. Check your insurance company and our healthcare ecosystem for one in your area. Call their offices and ask questions.
“I don’t have insurance.”
Everybody should still have insurance under the Affordable Care Act. If you don’t, there are plenty of resources available from state, local and charitable organizations to pay for your care. Seek them out….
“There’s probably nothing wrong.”
You may be right, but Some serious diseases don’t have symptoms. High blood pressure is one, and it can cause heart attack and stroke. (That’s why they call it “the silent killer.”) High cholesterol is another often-symptomless condition. Ditto diabetes. Finding a health problem early can make an enormous difference in the quality and length of your life.
“I don’t want to hear what I might be told.”
Maybe you smoke, drink too much, or have put on weight. Even so, your doctor’s there to help you. You can deny your reality, but you can’t deny the consequences. So be smart: Listen to someone who’ll tell you truths you need to hear. Be coachable.
“I don’t have time.”
There are about 8,766 hours in a year, and you want to save … two? When those two hours could save your life if you really DO need a doctor? If you want to spend more time with your family, these two hours aren’t the ones to lose.
“I don’t want to spend the money.”
It makes more sense to spend a little and save a lot than to save a little and spend a lot. If you think spending time with a doctor is expensive, try spending time in a hospital.
“Doctors don’t DO anything.”
When you see a barber, you get a haircut. When you see the dentist, your teeth get cleaned. But when you get a checkup, the doctor just gives you tests. It may seem like you don’t get anything, but you do. You get news and knowledge that can bring better health, if you act on it.
“I’ve got probe-a-phobia.”
You don’t need a prostate cancer exam until you’re 50. Even then, remember that your chances of survival are much better if it’s caught early. So, it’s worth the exam, and it’s only one small portion of a physical. Don’t let one test stop you from getting all the benefits of an annual physical.
“I’d rather tough it out.”
If pro athletes can play hurt and sacrifice themselves for the team, you ought to be able to suck it up, right? Wrong! The Game of Life is about staying healthy for a long time – a lifetime.
“My significant other has been nagging me to get a checkup. I’m a Rebel!”
OK, so you don’t want to give in, but isn’t it POSSIBLE you could be wrong? Give in on this one. See the doctor.
The risks of avoiding preventive care are real and can be devastating. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 10 leading killers of American men (regardless of age or ethnicity and in order) are:
Chronic lower respiratory diseases (such as COPD)
Influenza and pneumonia
Chronic liver disease
Unlike the majority of women, who tend to seek medical care when even when they do not have symptoms, men often believe if you “feel fine,” there’s no reason to go to the doctor. It is important to note many can feel normal with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or abnormal blood sugar levels. Even when men don’t feel so great, they tend to wait for symptoms to go away on their own — like when they drive around aimlessly because asking for directions admits weakness!
Be aware, you do not need a “one-size-fits-all” physical. Collaborate with your healthcare provider, and depending on your profile and lifestyle, decide which screenings, diagnostic tests, and immunizations are right for you. The timing and frequency should be based on your risk factors for developing a condition or disease, including family or personal history, age, ethnicity, and environmental exposure.
In honor of Father’s Day, dads and those who care for them, go to the HealthLynked.com to find a physician you really connect with….Spend a few moments building a healthier life by collaborating with physicians who care, and begin building a health record for yourself that will help you set records for living a full life.
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