The numbers tell the story.
Life expectancy for men is five years less than that of women, and men are up to 50% less likely than women to go to the doctor.
How, then, do we get men to take their health seriously by instituting preventive health care measures?
At Physicians Medical Primary Care in San Jose, California, one of our specialties is men’s health. Here are four preventative measures we encourage every man to take to protect their health.
1. Get a doctor
First, find a primary care doctor who can do your annual physicals (yes, you need to go every year) and serve as a single point of contact for all your health needs. Your doctor can refer you to specialists if needed as well. Seeing your doctor regularly will help you catch diseases early before they become serious, and it will give you and your family peace of mind to know someone is helping you stay accountable for your health.
2. Get screened
Medical screenings are used to check for diseases and health issues before any major problems arise. You should have some screenings yearly, and others are only necessary at certain age milestones.
For example, men should have a yearly rectal exam to check for prostate issues. Other screenings include a colonoscopy to check for colon issues, blood work to check for issues like high cholesterol, and EKGs (electrocardiograms) to check for heart problems.
3. Get nutrition
Men are more likely than women to put their health at risk through their behavior, so leading a healthy lifestyle can be a great preventive measure for guys. This starts with nutrition to help you fight off disease by incorporating vitamins, minerals, and nutrients into your diet while, at the same time, working to limit unhealthy food and drinks.
Your nutrition game plan should start with a good breakfast, more fruits and vegetables, plenty of protein, reducing sugar and carbs, and drinking water instead of soda. Eating healthier will lower your weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol, so start with these simple steps.
4. Get active
In general, active people live longer than sedentary people, so aim to get at least 30 minutes of movement each day to prevent disease from creeping up on you. Even small things make a difference — take the stairs instead of the elevator, for instance, and plan times throughout the week when you can at least take a short walk.
If you’re a man who wants to focus on better health, Physicians Medical Primary Care can help you get started on all four things on this list. Contact one of our three San Jose area locations to set up an appointment by phone or with our online scheduler, and you’ll be on the road to becoming healthier!