Health Minute: Men's Health Month
June is Men’s Health Month! T. Newsome, MD, primary care physician with Adventist HealthCare Adventist Medical Group, reminds men of the necessary screenings they should be receiving, as well as general tips to keep them healthy.
What important health reminders do you want to share with other men?
Make sure you’re getting your annual physical, even if you feel fine. It gives you a chance to check in with your doctor, get any questions you have answered and catch potential health problems early, before they become a larger issue.
Take care of your body, inside and out. Men should aim for 30 minutes of exercise, five days per week. This decreases the risk of developing heart disease. Try to limit your intake of packaged and processed foods. Instead, incorporate more of the following into your diet:
- Lean meats
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains
- Fish, such as salmon
Lastly, don’t forget about your mental health. It’s just as important as your physical health. If you are experiencing changes in your mood or having negative thoughts, don’t ignore them. Talk with your doctor about what you are feeling.
What regular health screenings should men be receiving?
Men should start prostate cancer screening starting at age 55. If you are African American or have a family history of prostate cancer, you’re at an increased risk.
Colorectal cancer screening starts at age 45 to search for any polyps and abnormalities. There are multiple types of screening tests available. You should talk with your doctor about which is right for you and how often you should be getting them.
Men should continue to get tested for STDs between the ages of 13-64. If you have more than one partner or have unprotected intercourse, you should test more often. Be open and honest with your doctor if you are experiencing any symptoms of an STD.