Saturday, June 20, 2009
Celebrating Fathers! Men's Health......
It's that time of the year when we celebrate Fathers - Happy Fathers Day! The role of fathers have included being the head of the household, the strong presence, the one who can fix anything, the hero. While we celebrate the men who have made a difference in shaping our lives, whether he is a biological father, step father, big brother, uncle, pastor/teacher/mentor, we must explore the most important topic of health.
Men are most reluctant to visit their doctors. However, it is very important to break through the barriers that prevent men from scheduling and keeping appointments with their doctor. There have been many medical advancements over the years which will help to prevent and treat many diseases leading to a successful outcome.
Here are some questions. Answer them accordingly/honestly (no time for denial)
Have you gained weight? Is your stomach appearing as if you are in your first trimester (first three months of pregnancy)? Carrying excess weight in the mid section increases your risk of having the following:
*Type II Diabetes
Do you know your cholesterol levels? Knowing your cholesterol level is important as it serves as an indicator to any risk factors that you may face. If you are 34 years old you should begin to take note of your levels. The normal range should be below 200 mg/dL. The levels between 200-239 mg/dL, you are considered borderline high risk. If your level is 240 mg/dL you are High Risk.
Do you drink excessively? Socially after work or every weekend? Occasionally? Special events? Watch out for your liver. The liver can process alcohol however, excessive drinking may lead to fatty liver, alcohol hepatitis or cirrhosis. Alcohol consumption may also lead to many other diseases.
Do you exercise daily? Sometimes during the week? Weekends? Not much? Never?
Have you had your prostate exam? Exercise is key to maintaining good health! It helps to burn the calories/fat and keep your body in good physical condition.
How are your eyes? At 45 years old, be sure to schedule an exam so that you can be screened for glaucoma.
Blood pressure - high blood pressure is known as a silent killer. Many people have high blood pressure and are not even aware that they have it. Take advantage of those free screenings that are often located by the supermarkets, sidewalks, malls, etc.
Is it time to have a colonoscopy? Are you 50 years or older? It is recommended that you have an exam. However, if you have a family history of the disease, please share it with your doctor.
As you reach the age of 40 it is time to add some more exams to your physical. It is recommended that African American men have their prostate exam by age 45. All others should have their prostate exam by age 50.
Your sexual health is also most important, many men would consider it their #1 priority. Practicing safe sex is key to enjoying an amazing sexual life. Be sure to get tested and treated for any diseases that may occur due to sexual encounters.
Take the appropriate measures to ensure that you can celebrate many more years with your loved ones - Happy Fathers Day!