Attention to health and wellness is an important part of everyone’s life. But, because of pressing demands and busy schedules it’s easy to put off. To help men understand the importance of preventative health exams, Sanford Clinic launched a program called Men’s Health, a tool kit of sorts to help men stay healthy and active.
A men’s health check-up takes approximately 30 minutes and the medical provider may talk with the patient about:
Heart and Blood Pressure
Checking blood pressure is like checking the pressure in the tires. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a risk factor for heart and kidney diseases and stroke. High blood pressure is especially dangerous because it often gives no warning signs or symptoms. Too much pressure could blow a valve stem.
Think these shots are only for tots? Think again. It’s much easier and more cost-effective to prevent a disease rather than treat it. Some vaccines need to be given only once; others require updates or “boosters” to maintain successful immunization and continued protection against disease.
Need a good valve cleaner? Too much cholesterol in the body means an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Too much cholesterol can build up on arterial walls over time, which can cause less blood and oxygen to get to the heart. This can cause chest pain and heart attacks.
A little finger prick won’t hurt a bit. A physician will perform a blood glucose test to determine the risk for developing diabetes, a disease that occurs when the body cannot regulate blood sugars.
Body Mass Index
Estimating body mass index or BMI is like checking over the car’s chassis. By measuring BMI, a doctor can find out the risk of developing some diseases, including high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, stroke and some cancers. The higher the BMI, the higher the risk of the chassis breaking.
Cordless drill not keeping its power? Check the battery!
Low testosterone affects an estimated 13 million men in the U.S. Symptoms of low testosterone in men include decreased libido, loss of body and facial hair, weakened bones, increased body fat and feeling run down. A simple blood test can help identify if levels are low.
A medical provider may also discuss:
- Prostate cancer screening
- Skin health
- Oral health
- Mental health
- Eye and vision screening
- Colon cancer screening
To schedule a men’s health appointment, call any local Sanford primary care physician or visit sanfordhealth.org/physicianfinder.