Why is seeing a doctor so important?Consider the connection between these three statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention*:
- Men are 100 percent less likely than women to seek preventive care.
- Men have a lower life expectancy than women.
- Men are more likely than women to die from many preventable diseases. This includes hypertension, heart disease and many cancers.
Call your doctor today!Throughout June, health care professionals, policy makers, the media and the public are raising awareness about the health issues that most affect men. They are also drawing attention to the effectiveness of early screening for finding and treating disease.
This month and always, men are urged to get the medical care that could make the difference.
Things you can do right now!
Men's health starts right at home. Here are some ways to get started today.
- Find a doctor you like. The more comfortable you feel with your doctors, the more likely you are to call them for medical advice.
- Know your numbers. At every visit, get your cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), Vitamin D and blood pressure checked. Make sure to ask your doctor about the screenings that are right for you.
- Healthy Eating. More Vegetables, grains, nuts and fruit.
- Walking. A little exercise goes a long way toward lowering your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. It can also boost your energy and mood, help manage your weight, and even promote a better night's sleep.
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