Men’s health tips
For many men, it may be too easy to postpone making a doctor’s appointment or getting a regular annual check-up. Life is busy and the to-do list is piling up. Maybe they say, “It will be fine, I don’t need it” and continue, or put their own needs aside for the sake of their loved ones.
But a smart interview and regular visits with medical professionals can mean the difference between having a serious health problem and being able to hang out with those they love and do the things they love.
June is Men’s Health Month, and while it’s a great time to talk about men’s health issues, it’s an even better opportunity to learn and develop healthy habits that can continue throughout. the year.
With that in mind, here are some tips to get you started.
See a doctor
Men are less likely than women to schedule a doctor’s visit or arrange for regular check-ups, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But building a relationship with a primary care provider and getting annual checkups is one of the easiest and most effective steps men can take to stay healthy.
The annual exam allows a primary care physician – a person’s health care quarterback – to establish a baseline of a person’s overall health. This will allow the doctor to manage any known health issues and keep an eye out for illnesses and other serious health issues or illnesses that might otherwise go unnoticed. Early detection is essential for treating or managing many conditions, and speaking with a primary care provider is the most effective way to start.
Be honest and listen
No one gets points for being the strong, silent type when it comes to health. Being open and honest about what’s going on in life gives doctors the best information to help men manage their health.
Then they have to listen to what the doctor says. Doctors listen to the health of each patient and the specifics of men’s health and can provide valuable advice for each person’s lifestyle. They will know things like the fact that heart disease and cancer are two of the leading killers of American men. Some conditions, such as heart disease and lung cancer, are more common in men while others, including prostate disease, are unique to them and may require separate (and sometimes regular) examinations.
If necessary, doctors will put patients in contact with specialists.
Adopt healthy habits
Ultimately, it’s up to individuals to manage their health, and no list of health tips would be complete without these two tips:
· Eat a healthy diet.
· Get enough exercise.
Everything that goes into people’s bodies and what they do with it is what they get out of it. Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains while avoiding sugars and processed foods can help prevent many health risks and manage others.
Likewise, the benefits of a few minutes of exercise a day are numerous. It helps control weight, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, maintains healthy bones and muscles, helps improve mood and mental health, and increases the chances of living longer, according to the CDC.
Having health information in an easily accessible place can make it easier to manage. Billings Clinic Offers PatientConnect, allowing patients to access their electronic medical records – including test results, information about previous visits and a schedule of upcoming appointments – and pay their bills online at any time.
With PatientConnect, access to information is simple and secure and allows patients to perform the following operations:
· View and print lab results, allergy lists, immunization records, medication lists, health issues, surgeries and procedures.
· View and print medical notes from health care providers for all visits since July 1, 2011.
View and print radiology and lab results for all departments since June 17, 2014.
· See upcoming appointments.
· Communicate with medical offices by sending secure messages.
· Request prescription refills via the secure messaging tool.
The Billings Clinic offers a range of health care services for the whole family and can help patients connect with primary care physicians and specialists.
For more information on Men’s Health at the Billings Clinic or to make an appointment, call 406-238-2500 or visit BillingsClinic.com/screenings. For more information on PatientConnect, visit BillingsClinic.com/patientconnect.