June is Men's Health Month

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June is Men’s Health Month, an opportunity to increase awareness about health issues important to men of all ages. 

Men die an average of five years younger than women. Men make up the majority of workplace injuries, are less likely to be insured, and are far less likely to see a doctor for preventive care.  

“Seeking preventative care before you are feeling ill is critical in maintaining good health,” says Dr. Bashar Maskoni, primary care physician with McLaren Port Huron. “Familiarity with men’s health issues, regular screenings and prevention are the best ways to stay healthy.” 

Dr. Maskoni offers these health tips to keep the men in your life healthy.

Blood pressure screening. High blood pressure (BP) greatly increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. A blood pressure of 120/80 or less is considered good. If blood pressure is high, it can be controlled through lifestyle changes and medicine.

Blood test for cholesterol. Men should have their cholesterol checked every four to six years if levels are normal. Keeping bad cholesterol or LDL levels below 100mg/dl and good cholesterol above 60mg/dl can help reduce chance of heart disease and stroke.

Blood glucose screening tests sugar levels for diabetes. This test should be done every three years after the age of 45, with more frequent testing depending on initial results and risk factors. 

Colorectal cancer screening.  These tests look for colon cancer and rectal abnormalities. Start screening at age 45 if you are at average risk. If you are higher than average risk, you may need to start screening sooner. There are several testing options, so talk with your doctor about which test is best for you and how often testing should be done.

Immunizations. A flu vaccine should be done annually. A tetanus booster should be done every 10 years after the initial tetanus shot. Those who are over age 65 should receive one dose of the pneumococcal vaccine. If administered prior to age 65 because of chronic medical conditions, you should receive another dose at least 5 years after the first dose. Men aged 50 and older should also receive one dose of the shingles vaccine.

These preventive health practices result in early detection and treatment of disease that can keep men healthy and ultimately save lives.

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