Attention Gentlemen: It’s time to take better care of your health

Being in good health is about more than not getting sick or maintaining a lean physique. It’s about making your physical and mental health a priority and taking the steps you need to manage your risk for chronic health issues.

Unfortunately, too many men don’t make their health a priority, often skipping out on annual appointments, trying to tough it out when they’re sick or ignoring important symptoms that may indicate a larger issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 15% of men aged 18 and older are in fair or poor health. That’s close to 1 in 6 men – or one in your circle of close friends.

Top Health Concerns for Men

Issues like heart disease and cancer are common among men and women, but there are some health risks that are more common among men—including injuries or fatal accidents, depression and suicide. Additionally, men have a higher death rate than women in 9 out of 10 leading causes of death. Of course, there are a number of factors that can influence long-term health issues and risk, but some of this can be managed through regular preventive care visits.

One of the best things you can do for your health is to establish a relationship with a primary care provider. He or she will be your first line of defense against health issues. Think of your primary care provider as the quarterback of your health care—they’re the person who can connect you with specialists, therapists, nutritionists or other providers.

During an annual health visit, your primary care provider will review your health history, do a physical exam, and complete preventive screenings that can catch disease during its earliest, more treatable stages. One of the main benefits of having a relationship with a primary care provider is your doctor will get to know you and your health, which allows them to provide more personalized care.

During your annual health visit, your doctor will also check in on your mental health. It can be difficult to admit you’re struggling—especially for men, who may feel like they have to keep up a strong façade for the people who rely on them. Don’t let these feelings get in the way of seeking help if you feel depressed, anxious, stressed or like something just isn’t right.

Main Line Health is focused on providing comprehensive, whole-person care. On the behavioral health side, we take care to address your total health: mind, body and spirit. After a thorough assessment, we create an individualized treatment plan so you can recover and get back to your daily activities.

We also provide the full-spectrum of primary care to deliver personalized health for the mind, body and spirit. Our providers are your health advocates throughout life and can help with everything from maintaining your medical history to diagnosing and treating common and serious medical problems to coordinating care with other specialists.

Let us help you take better care of your health. To schedule an appointment with a Main Line Health primary care provider, call 866-CALL-MLH (225.5654) or use our secure online appointment request form.

 

 

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