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Be a Man. Go See a Doctor

By Janet Maurice on 6/9/2014

For most men, being macho is bad medicine.

Several years ago, a survey by the American Academy of Family Physicians revealed that most men won’t go to the doctor unless they feel very sick. Call it being tough. Call it “taking it like a man.” But, you should also call it being senseless.

Even if you feel good, routine visits to the doctor are critical to long-lasting good health and waiting to see the doctor until symptoms are too bad to bear can make treatment and recovery more difficult.

For instance, the symptoms for high cholesterol and blood pressure aren’t obvious, yet they put a man at high risk for a sudden heart attack.
Many men stop seeing he doctor regularly around age 18 (usually for their slat school physical), but all adult men should visit their doctor from time to time even when they feel “healthy.” Everyone, especially men, should schedule routine “well visits” every year throughout life because they have these benefits:

  • Screenings for diseases and conditions
  • Assessment of the risks for future medical problems
  • Information and encouragement for a healthy lifestyle
  • Updating of vaccinations
  • Building a relationship with a doctor so you have a comprehensive medical history in case of a future illness

Prevention is the best medicine

Did you know that with proper screening and lifestyle adjustments, the top 10 causes of death in males can be prevented? It starts with knowing the score - your score - and there are several numbers you should know. Disease takes years to build and outward signs are not always visible. Knowing your true numbers can help you prevent issues before they become problems. Learn more here

Find out “How Ya Doin’” this Month

Griffin Hospital will host two men’s health talks and free health screenings this June to help men know and understand their health numbers.Dr. Brian Sperling will present “How ya doin’, Man?” on Thursday, June 12 and Tuesday June 24 at the hospital, 130 Division Street in Derby. In recognition of Men’s Health Month, these talks will explain common health issues for men and when men should be screened to see if they are at risk.

The first talk on June 12 will focus on prostate and urinary health. Attendees over 50 years old can have a free Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test and consultation. Testing will be available at 5:30 p.m. and the talk will start at 6 p.m.

The June 24 talk will focus on testosterone and sexual health. Attendees can receive a free blood pressure and A1C diabetes screening and consultation. Testing will be available at 5:30 p.m. and the talk will start at 6 p.m.

Participants at both talks will receive a “Play for Free Card” for the Sports Center of Connecticut in Shelton. Man up and register here

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