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Focusing On Men's Health

Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 12:17 PM
Updated: Monday, July 5, 2021, 9:04 AM

Goodall-Witcher Healthcare asks everyone to join us in celebrating Men's Health Month throughout June 2021. We hope to honor the men in our lives this month as well as all year long by bringing awareness to men's health problems and making it easy for employees and members of the community to learn more about the risk factors and issues they face.

Make this month all about encouraging the men in your life to take care of their bodies by eating right, exercising, and working to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems through early detection and treatment of diseases including cancer, heart disease and depression.

BEGIN WITH THE BASICS

Joining hundreds of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe for Men's Health Month in June, Goodall-Witcher Healthcare offers a few helpful hints to prevent health problems and disease among men and boys.

1. Tweak your diet: Men's Health Month is a great opportunity to change the way you eat. Cut back on alcohol this month or up your intake of healthy fermented foods like sauerkraut and kefir. You can do anything for a month, and if you do it for a month, you can do it for life!

2. Set some goals: Use this month to take stock of your health now and think about where you want it to be. Do you want to lose weight? Gain muscle? Simply eat more vegetables? Set small and achievable goals and work with your doctor to make them a reality.

3. Get educated: Take this opportunity to read about the common health issues that are specific to men and how you can prevent yourself from getting hurt! Check out the CDC for information on health issues that men face.

EARLY DETECTION PREVENTS THE PREVENTABLE

As we continue to focus on Men’s Health in June, Goodall-Witcher Healthcare hopes to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys, encouraging them to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

According to the Men’s Health Resource Center, over 30 million men suffer from prostate conditions such as: •Prostate cancer – the leading cancer for men in the U.S.; •Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – enlarged prostate; •Prostatitis – inflammation usually caused by infection.

You should see your physician if you experience any of the following symptoms, which could be related to a prostate issue: •Frequent urge to urinate or frequent urination; •Dribbling of urine; •Loss of bladder control; •Discharge from the urethra; •Blood in urine or semen; •Painful urination or ejaculation; •Inability to urinate, or weak or interrupted urinary stream; •Straining to empty the bladder; •Urinary tract infection; •Frequent pain or discomfort in the pelvic area, rectal area, lower back, abdomen, hips, or upper thighs.

The risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age. It can be detected using the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and the digital rectal exam (DRE). The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that men with an average risk of getting prostate cancer have a discussion with their physicians about screening for the disease when they are 50 years or older.

TOP MEN'S HEALTH THREATS

Do you know the top men's health threats? The list includes heart disease, cancer and unintentional injury. Thankfully, most men's health threats are largely preventable. Make healthy lifestyle choices, such as eating a healthy diet and including physical activity in your daily routine.

It's also important to manage risky behavior, such as drinking too much, eating too much and making unhealthy private life choices. Of course, commonsense precautions — such as using safety ladders and wearing a seat belt — count, too.

As you get older, your men's health concerns are likely to change. Could a beer gut lead to health problems? Is male menopause a myth or a true men's health issue? Could testosterone therapy help you feel young again?

Consult your physician to get answers to these and other men's health questions. if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, do not wait until the recommended ages to discuss the issue with your physician. To make an appointment for a regular men's health check-up, call one of our clinics at 254-675-8621 in Clifton or 254-694-2221 in Whitney.

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