All too often and for many reasons, men do not discuss or seek out healthcare. But it’s essential to prioritize your health, as neglecting it can lead to serious consequences down the line. Let’s take a look at some common health worries that men have and how you can tackle them head-on.
Feeling like you don’t have time for regular check-ups?
We get it, life can be busy. But staying on top of your health is crucial. Periodic check-ups can catch potential health problems early, even if you feel fine. These check-ups don’t necessarily need to be annual. Schedule an appointment with your trusted healthcare provider and make it a priority if it has been longer than two to three years since your last check-up.
Not sure which preventative screenings you need?
It can be confusing, but your provider can help you figure out which screenings may be right for you based on your age and risk factors. You want to make sure the benefit of a screening outweighs the cost, so your provider might focus on certain screenings, like those for skin and colon cancer. Prostate or testicular cancer screenings are also worth discussing with your provider.
Worried about your sexual health?
Don’t be afraid to bring up any concerns. Your provider can recommend screenings or ways to maintain sexual health, beyond just erection difficulties.
Struggling to maintain a healthy weight?
Your provider can help you develop healthy habits that work for you, whether it’s through diet, exercise, or good sleep practices. They can also recommend resources like dietitians, health coaches, and fitness coaches to help you stay on track.
Feeling stressed out all the time?
Some feelings of stress are totally normal, but chronic stress can take a toll on your physical and mental health. Talk to your provider about healthy ways to manage stress, such as mindfulness practices or exercise. And remember, mental health is just as important as physical health. Your provider can screen you for signs of anxiety or depression and refer you to a mental health specialist if needed.
Do you worry about the way that you look?
Some men are embarrassed to talk about hair loss or acne but these are topics that your provider hears all the time, and would be happy to help you address.
Are you concerned about your alcohol consumption?
And if you’re concerned that you might be drinking too much alcohol, it’s essential to talk to your provider. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to a range of health issues, but your provider can recommend resources like support groups or counseling to help you manage your alcohol use.
Take an active role in your health!
Overall, it’s crucial to prioritize your health and address any concerns you have head-on. Regular check-ups, preventative screenings, healthy behaviors, stress management, and managing your mental health can all help prevent potential health problems. Your provider is there to help you stay healthy, so don’t hesitate to talk to them about any worries you have. Taking an active role in your health can help you live a longer, healthier life.