Men: Taking Charge for Your HealthPrint
Most men need to pay more attention to their health. Compared to women, men are more likely to:
- Drink alcohol
- Make unhealthy or risky choices
- Put off regular checkups and medical care
The good news is that you can start taking better care of your health today.
Do you know what it takes to stay healthy? Take this men’s health quiz to find out.
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar
- Cholesterol (“koh-LEHS-tuh-rahl”)
By keeping these numbers down, you can lower your risk of serious health problems like diabetes and heart disease.
You can also help prevent health problems by:
Get medical care to help you stay healthy.
See a doctor for regular checkups even if you feel fine. This is important because some diseases don’t have symptoms at first.
Plus, seeing a doctor will give you a chance to learn more about your health.
You can also take care of your health by:
Use these tips to take charge of your health.
Make small changes every day.
Small changes can add up to big results – like lowering your risk of diabetes or heart disease.
- Take a walk instead of having a cigarette.
- Try a green salad instead of fries.
- Drink water instead of soda or juice.
- Follow these tips for eating less salt.
Talk about it.
Don’t be embarrassed to talk about your health. Start by talking to family members to find out which diseases run in your family. Use this family health history tool to keep track of what you learn. Share this information with your doctor.
Get screening tests to find diseases early.
Screenings are medical tests that check for diseases before you have symptoms. Screenings can help doctors find diseases early, when the diseases may be easier to treat.
- Get your blood pressure checked at least once every 2 years.
- Talk to your doctor about getting your cholesterol checked. Doctors recommend that most men get their cholesterol checked at least once every 5 years.
- Get tested for colorectal cancer if you are age 50 or older. Ask your doctor what type of screening test is right for you.
- If you age 65 to 75 and have ever smoked, talk with your doctor about abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).
- If you feel stressed, anxious, or depressed for more than 2 weeks,talk to a doctor about screening for depression. Most men with depression feel better when they get treatment.
Talk to your doctor if you have questions about your prostate.
The prostate is a small sex gland that makes fluid to carry sperm. It’s located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Only males have a prostate.
- See a diagram of where the prostate is located.
- Get information about prostate cancer.
- Use these questions to ask your doctor about prostate cancer screening.
Ask your doctor about taking aspirin every day.
If you are age 45 or older, taking aspirin every day could lower your risk of heart attack. Talk with your doctor about whether daily aspirin is right for you.
What about cost?
Many insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare, will cover the cost of recommended preventive services like screening tests and shots. Also, many preventive services are covered under theAffordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in 2010.
Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get screenings and shots at no cost to you. Check with your insurance provider to find out what’s included in your plan.
- Find out which services are covered by the Affordable Care Act.
- Find out which services are covered under Medicare.
You can still get health care even if you don’t have insurance. Find a health center near you and make an appointment.