Movember is the new November and presents an opportunity to raise awareness for men’s health. According to the Center for Disease Control, men are 80 percent less likely than women to use a regular source of health care. Half of men ages 18 to 50 don’t even have a regular source of health care.
It’s important for everyone to take a proactive role in his or her well-being. What can you do to take a lead in your health?
- See your physician. If you don’t have a regular physician, ask friends or colleagues for a recommendation. Schedule regular check ups with your physician and see your doctor when abnormal symptoms surface.
- Stay informed. Medical advances and research are progressing at a rapid pace. When you are informed of medical news you are better equipped to make necessary health changes and discuss options with your physician.
- Eat healthy. Focus on a healthy, varied diet rich with vitamins and nutrients.
- Exercise and sleep. Both are important.
- Don’t dismiss mental health. Especially if you have a family history of depression, bipolar disorder or other mental illnesses.
Get tested for prostate and colorectal cancer. The risk of both increases as you age. Early detection is key to effective treatments.