Today, June 13, 2016 begins National Men’s Health Week. Every year, Men’s Health Week is celebrated the week leading up to and including Father’s Day according to MensHealthMonth.org
During National Men’s Health Week, encourage the men in your life to schedule an annual physical exam. A physical exam is important in early detection of cancer and other disease states and maintaining a healthy body.
According to Family Practitioner, Dr. Lesley A. Debrier, even if you’re young and healthy, you need a complete physical exam once a year. In my practice, I do a complete exam which includes screening for cancers and sexually transmitted diseases. Watch the entire video.
During a physical exam, a doctor or medical professional will check your heart rate and blood pressure. If your blood pressure levels are elevated, you probably have Hypertension better known as High Blood Pressure the silent killer.
By keeping your blood pressure in the healthy range, you are reducing your risk of having a heart attack and stroke according to the American Heart Association.
Hypertension can become serious and life threatening if left untreated. Here are ways to lower blood pressure levels: discuss treatment options with your doctor, avoid shaking salt on food, follow your doctor’s orders, eat low sodium meals and snacks, take blood pressure medication as prescribed, exercise regularly, use herbs to season food, avoid eating processed foods, avoid drinking high sodium beverages, and reduce stress in your life.
Unfortunately, men living the United States are less likely to schedule a doctor’s appointment compared to women due to various reasons.
This week during National Men’s Health Week 2016, encourage the men in your life to schedule an annual physical exam and learn about disease states affecting men: Erectile Dysfunction, Colon Cancer, High Cholesterol, Glaucoma, Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Heart Disease, Back Pain, Arthritis, Diverticulitis and Kidney Disease.
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