It’s often said that men take better care of their cars than their bodies. While that might be true, it’s now more important than ever for men to get regular medical checkups. After all, you only get one body – so why are so many men blowing it with their health?
When it comes to many guys, the car analogy of “preventative maintenance” is a great way for a spouse or a friend to approach the topic, because let’s face it, most men aren’t going to bring it up (or remember to care 😊).
Next time you are with them, ask the man in your life how long they usually wait until changing the oil…about every 5,000 miles?
What about how often they get their car washed? Detailed? Check the tire pressure? Fill up on gas? Put on their seatbelt? Clean out empty water bottles in the back?
If you know any of the men we know, the answer is that nearly every day they’re doing something for their car. We put in precious time and effort to ensure that our cars, boats, phones, and electronics run right and are completely up to date but many men (and women) are turning a blind eye to the most important thing in life – preventative health. We aren’t talking about just working out and eating right, we are talking about getting into the clinic and getting that checkup or exam you canceled for work reasons last year and still haven’t rescheduled.
When you use the “miles on the car” analogy, you may mention that if they are changing their oil every 3 months or taking the car in for service once or twice a year, then they should be treating their health the same way, or even better.
Shouldn’t they be getting an annual checkup and exam every year? Wouldn’t it be wise to be getting your blood drawn every 3-6 months as you get older to detect changes in your physiology that maybe stress and work are suppressing you from feeling?
Usually around age 40 (but really at any age), health can start to change quickly. What’s scary is that many men aren’t as “in touch” with their health as women tend to be. As we age, we realize that health problems happen more frequently; with problems such as failing life-saving vitality hormones (Testosterone), inflammation, sluggish liver from an overload of toxins, as well as or primary organs beginning to slow down. For this reason, it is essential that men take more disciplined and consistent steps to optimize health.
Many health-related problems can be detected and remedied early. Men often have no distinguishable early symptoms with conditions such as heart disease, colon cancer, hormone imbalances, or diabetes. However, simple tests such as cholesterol panels, Testosterone and thyroid hormone screening, blood glucose/insulin levels, complete blood count, and mercury testing provide the information needed to help head off medical problems early on.
Cancer is a subject typically off-limits to men. It’s something men just do not talk about. Call it “invulnerability” or “immunity”, but some men tend to think they can’t get sick. Confidence and fearlessness are qualities we might admire in men, but in terms of health they can be fatal. According to the research, two-thirds of cancers can be prevented with lifestyle changes and/or early detection. More than half of all new cancers can be detected early. So… an annual physical exam and bloodwork could save his life.
When your “special man” – friend, brother, father, son – goes for his next checkup, he should talk to his doctor about how he can stay healthy and young, no matter what his age. Ask for a complete hormone panel and complete blood count (CBC) panel or ask your provider what panels would be best based on your personal history and information. Balancing hormones is just as important for men as it is for women, as it helps prevent heart disease, relieves depression, reduces body fat, and improves zest for life, sex drive, energy, endurance, strength, and stamina. Hormone balance can also improve his physique, aid in the struggle against weight gain, and help him feel great emotionally, mentally, and physically!
“Ignorance is not bliss, ignorance is disease”
Let us remember this and have it enlighten us and those we love on our wellness journey.
Don’t let him (or yourself) wait, that oil change is way overdue. Take action today: put it on the schedule, commit to it, and make an appointment with one of our primary care practitioners and certified hormone experts. We know you won’t regret it.
Kenzie Jackson RN, BSN
PEAK MEDICAL CLINIC
Our medical clinics are dedicated to connecting you with medical professionals in primary care, hormone therapy & anti-aging