It’s a running joke that men never go to the doctor until they’re on their last leg. But how much truth is there to that joke? While we might laugh at it, the truth is—it’s not entirely funny. In fact, as many as 60 percent of men don’t go to a doctor regularly. That’s why our team at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah wants to talk about men’s health.
Men, Make Time for Your Health
We tell women all the time to make their health a priority so that they can better care for their loved ones. However, men also need to take the same advice when it comes to their own health. As men age, the risk of certain medical conditions increases, including:
- Heart disease
- Prostate cancer
- Lung cancer
However, there are steps you can take to lower your risk and maintain optimal health. Step 1: Visit a doctor regularly. Start by finding a physician who you can trust—then visit that doctor on a regular basis. Most guidelines recommend annual checkups with a doctor, particularly as you age. These checkups allow a physician to recommend age-appropriate screenings and vaccinations. They also help spot any health changes that may worsen over time, allowing for an earlier diagnosis and treatment. In between checkups, keep a close eye on your own health—noting any changes or symptoms that may be a cause for concern. Report those to your doctor. You can also take other steps to improve your health, including eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, not smoking, limiting your alcohol consumption and getting plenty of quality sleep. Start giving your health the attention it deserves. Visit AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah today to learn how our medical team can help you improve your overall health.