Baptist Health Corbin: Health Maintenance Tips for Men
Men don’t visit physicians as often as women, emphasizing the importance of routine screenings. Learn about men’s health maintenance tips from Baptist Health.
Health Maintenance Tips for Men in Corbin, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript
David Worthy, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Baptist Health Corbin:
It’s very important for men to take their health seriously. One reason is that they frequently do not see the physician as often as women do. Therefore, they have early mortality, some of which could be avoided if they would do routine screening as recommended.
The screening that men should have should really start at age 18 when they become adults. The most common and the most important one early on is screening for high blood pressure — hypertension. The other thing is your cholesterol. We recommend screening your blood pressure and your cholesterol level and getting certain immunizations, like the flu shot, every year.
Then, as you roll into your 40s, we layer in other things. Probably the most important one based on your risk factor is starting to check your blood glucose to see if you have diabetes.
As you go on from there in your 50s, things really rev up. Now we’re adding things like screening for prostate cancer with a PSA (prostate specific antigen test). Knowing the change in your number over time is extremely important. Getting screened for colon cancer — there is very clear data that this can very much decrease the mortality from cancer.
As you get into your 60s, the flu shot becomes increasingly important. The pneumonia shot comes in here. The shot for shingles comes in. There are a series of things that are progressive throughout a man’s life that need to happen.
All of these screening services are available at Baptist Health Corbin. They’re all very important. We’re trying to make them as easy to access as possible.
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