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Men, It Is Time to See Your Doctor

Although men of all ages should have routine checkups with their physicians, it is very rare for men to begin seeking routine care until they are in their 40s. While there may be many individual reasons for this, men are generally reluctant to see physicians routinely because of the following:

However, many of the top 10 causes of death and disability can be prevented or delayed with early diagnosis and treatment. Likewise, many of the physical changes that occur as men age can also be addressed with early diagnosis and treatment. By establishing relationships with family physicians now, signs and symptoms of conditions can be managed as they occur.

Men, here are ways to reduce your risk of developing these diseases or conditions:

Heart Disease

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/what_you_can_do.htm
 

Cancer

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/prevention/other.htm
 

Injuries

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/InjuryViolenceSafety/
 

Stroke

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/stroke/what_you_can_do.htm
 

COPD

Source:http://www.cdc.gov/copd/
 

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. It affects the way your body uses blood sugar (glucose). Possible complications of type 2 diabetes include heart disease, blindness, nerve damage and kidney damage. To prevent type 2 diabetes:

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/consumer/prevent.htm
 

Flu

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm
 

Suicide

Suicide is a serious problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. The goal for the prevention of suicidal behavior is simple: stop it from happening in the first place. However, the solutions are just as complex as the problem. Treatment is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.

Source: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
 

Kidney Disease

Diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease. If you have diabetes, controlling blood sugar and blood pressure reduces the risk of developing kidney disease or may slow its progression. In addition:

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/WorldKidneyDay/
 

Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists do not yet fully understand what causes Alzheimer's disease. There probably is not one single cause, but several factors that affect each person differently. Age is the most important known risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/aging/aginginfo/alzheimers.htm

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Last Reviewed: Sep 09, 2010

W. Fred Miser, MD W. Fred Miser, MD
Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Director of Ohio State Medicine Residency Program
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University