November is Men’s Health Awareness Month
By Dr. Matthew Husa, Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare of Colorado ~
Health for men looks a little different compared to women, especially when it comes to risk factors for certain health conditions. Thanks to new advancements in screenings and recommendations, technology is helping prevent certain conditions and is keeping more men healthy longer.
The big challenge is making sure men actually make it to their doctor for the checkups and care they need. (You can do it!) In fact, if you’re in good health, you may only need to see your doctor once a year for your yearly physical. Lots of important things happen during that time with your doctor, like blood tests, digital rectal exam, blood pressure check and more. Just that one simple visit can help you get and stay on the path to good health. Here, you can explore different topics that may help keep you up-to-date on the latest information on conditions related to men’s health and wellness.
Heart disease in men
There are different types of heart disease, but coronary heart disease is the most common — and the leading cause of heart attacks in the U.S. Coronary heart disease happens when plaque builds up in the walls of your arteries, making them hard and narrow. This could lead to a blockage and prevent blood from flowing through your arteries like it should. Eventually, it can cause heart attack, stroke and other vascular conditions. Knowing your risk factors and the lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent heart disease could keep you in the clear.
Cancer in men
There are certain cancers to keep in mind as you plan your preventive health checks. Lung, colorectal (colon), prostate and testicul
Kidney stones in men
Did you know men are more likely to get kidney stones compared to women? These little stones form when certain substances don’t make it out of your body the way they should. Calcium and other waste products can get stuck in your ureter and cause all sorts of symptoms. In case you haven’t heard, they can be incredibly painful. Learn the different ways these stones crystalize, their risk factors and how you may prevent them.
Men’s preventive care and health tips
As a man, you may be at greater risk for certain health conditions. It’s important to know their risk factors and what you can do to help avoid them. Things like cholesterol, blood pressure, diet, stress and exercise each play a part in helping to prevent some of the conditions you may be most at risk for. Luckily, regular checkups and preventive screenings can help spot early signs when something isn’t quite right. Learn the risk factors of each condition and lifestyle changes you can make to keep your body and mind healthy.