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Men's Health

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Recognizing and preventing men's health problems is not just a man's issue. Why? Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men's health is truly a family issue. The bottom line is that men need to visit a doctor, make sure their screenings are up-to-date, and take time to think about their health.

Men’s health screening guidelines recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • General health: Full check-up, including weight and weight
  • HIV test
  • Heart health: Blood pressure test
  • Cholesterol test
  • Diabetes: Blood glucose or A1c test
  • Prostate health: Digital rectal exam (DRE) and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test
  • Reproductive health: Testicular exam and sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests
  • Colorectal health: Fecal occult blood test, flexible sigmoidoscopy with fecal blood test, or colonoscopy
  • Eye and ear health: Comprehensive eye exam and hearing test
  • Skin health: Mole exam
  • Oral health: Dental exam

Three of the most common conditions men should be tested for and work to prevent or control are higher-than-recommended body weight, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

To help control body weight

The “Surgeon General’s Healthy Weight Advice for Consumers” makes the following general recommendations:

  • People who need to lose weight should do so gradually, at a rate of one-half to two pounds per week.
  • Exercise. The safest and most effective way to lose weight is to reduce calories and increase physical activity. In other words, use up more calories than you take in.
  • Eat well.
  • Select sensible portion sizes.

To help control blood pressure

  • Eat foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat and salt.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Not have more than two servings of alcohol per day.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Exercise.
  • Learn how to manage stress and to relax.

To help control diabetes

  • Diet: It is important for you to limit the fatty foods that you eat such as fried food. It is also important to eat more whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables,
  • Weight Control: If you lose weight, it can improve your blood sugar level.
  • Exercise: If you walk or do other exercise for at least 30 minutes at least three times a week,you can improve your blood sugar level.
  • Keep track of your blood sugar levels.

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