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Ask Our Expert: 10 Things Men Should Do for Their Health

Ask Our Expert: 10 Things Men Should Do for Their Health

Let鈥檚 face it. Getting your annual check-up is probably not your favorite thing to do, especially if everything seems to be in good order. However, the best time to take care of yourself is before a problem arises.

For instance, heart disease is the leading cause of death in men in the United States, and is largely caused by high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking. With regular visits to a primary care provider, these causes can be detected and treated! With a proactive mindset and at least a yearly visit to a primary care doctor, prevention can become your best defense.

鈥淩egular visits to a primary care doctor are key to good health,鈥 says Dr. Andrew Wallach, NYC Health + Hospitals Ambulatory Chief Medical Officer. 鈥淎nd not only do you start to feel comfortable with your provider, but your doctor learns more about you and can find problems early, before they become serious.鈥

To schedule an appointment with a primary care provider near you, call (844) 692-4692. Learn more about telehealth | Find a primary care provider near you

Once you鈥檝e found a provider, here are 10 things you can do for your health:

  • Know your Numbers.听Getting regular check-ups and knowing numbers, such as your weight and body mass index (BMI), blood pressure and cholesterol levels are important for heart health. 1 in 4 海角直播ers have high blood pressure and many do not know it or do not know how to manage it. You can check your blood pressure at your doctor鈥檚 office and at some pharmacies.听Tips to take care of your blood pressure听触听Heart Health Tips
  • Stay Up-to-Date with your COVID-19 Vaccine.听At least one bivalent vaccine shot is now recommended for everyone 5 and older.听Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Get Tested for Diabetes.听Close to 200,000 海角直播ers do not know they have diabetes (elevated sugar). Many more 海角直播ers also have pre-diabetes and do not know. Pre-diabetes means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be in the diabetic range.Are you concerned that you might have diabetes?Get a blood sugar test at a NYC Health + Hospitals location. Call (844) 692-4692 or talk to your primary care doctor about getting tested for diabetes.
  • Get a Colon Cancer Screening.听If you are 45 to 75 years of age, you should get screened for colon cancer. About 95% of colon cancers are treatable when caught in the early stages. Talk to your doctor, or call us at (844) 692-4692 about scheduling a colon cancer screening near you.听Colon Cancer Screening at NYC Health + Hospitals听触听
  • Know your Prostate Health.听Men over 55 years of age should monitor their prostate health and ask their doctor about their prostate cancer risk. A prostate specific antigen (PSA) test is a blood test that measures the level of PSA in the blood. The amount of time between future screenings depends on the results of your PSA blood test. Call us at (844) 692-4692 about scheduling a screening near you.听听触听Prostate Health Tips
  • Feeling Depressed? We Can Help.听For many 海角直播ers, the COVID-19 pandemic affected their mental health and our team of psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and social workers are here to support you and provide the best quality care. We help patients rediscover their strengths and abilities, and to overcome the stigma of mental illness.听Learn more about our Mental Health Services听触听Tips to Drink Less Alcohol听触听Learn more about our Alcohol Addiction and Substance Use Services听or call (844) 692-4692 to be connected to a provider.
  • Keep Moving.听A little bit of exercise can go a long way in improving your health. Try to get about 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. Walking is a safe and effective way to help keep your heart healthy. If you cannot do 30 minutes in a day, don鈥檛 worry. Some movement is better than no movement so do what you can.
  • Eat and Drink Smart.听Stay away from unhealthy foods and drinks like potato chips and soda. If you are craving a snack, reach for nuts with no added salt, fresh fruit, or low-fat yogurt. When it comes to adding spice to your food, try herbs instead of salt to lower the sodium in your diet. Add flavor to your water by adding fruits like lemons.听Get healthy nutrition tips听触听
  • Quit Smoking.听Smoking, as well as excessive drinking, can lead to an irregular heart beat and high-blood pressure. Stopping smoking can lower your risk of heart disease and lung cancer.听Tips to quit smoking听触听Get help to quit smoking
  • Get Health Care Coverage.听NYC Health + Hospitals can help connect you to affordable health insurance and payment options to pay for your care.听Learn more about your options

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