By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

5 things all men should do
By Emily Ferren

Men who would never be five minutes late to a baseball game or an important meeting are typically five years late in getting recommended medical screenings.

They aren’t much better about having unexplained symptoms evaluated by a physician, either. 

In fact, men see doctors for annual exams and preventative health services half as often as women. So it’s time to retire the “take it like a man” approach and get up to speed on prevention. Now is the perfect time to schedule exams and doctor’s appointments. These five health services will ensure that you’re your best and healthiest self. 

Schedule a Check-Up: A regular health exam is the best way to identify health problems before they become serious. Early detection will not only prevent health problems from getting worse, it will also allow for more treatment options if needed. Also, regular check-ups are the best way to start developing a relationship with your physician. 

Prostate Cancer Screening: About 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Due to its prevalence, it is important to have your prostate routinely examined. Often times prostate cancer has no symptoms, so a prostate cancer screening is the most effective method of early detection.

Immunizations: For many adults, immunizations are a thing of the past; however, there is growing evidence that vaccinations should not be left behind in the childhood years. In addition to physician recommended immunizations, here are some vaccines that are recommended for men according to the CDC: Tdap, HPV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, Meningitis, Pneumococcal disease and Shingles.

Nutrition Counseling & Weight Management: Dieting on your own can be challenging, plus it can be expensive and ineffective. Enter dieticians; these experts specialize in tailoring a nutrition plan specific to your needs and lifestyle. Not only can dieticians address weight management, they can also make a positive difference in your life by addressing conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and much more.

Fitness & Performance: Whether you are starting an exercise routine, or you have a sports injury due to overuse, athletic trainers can help. Especially in the summer months, it is important to exercise safely and healthfully. 

Remember, men, while scheduling health exams and appointments can be slightly overwhelming, start by scheduling at least one appointment today. To learn more about the programs and services available to you at Gwinnett Medical Center visit http://www.gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/