Keep It Simple: It’s Easy to Stay Healthy
The Canadian Medical Association has claimed Wednesday, June 11th as “Stay Healthy Day” and to celebrate have developed five easy tips that men can do to reduce their risk of developing some of the most common male health issues.
1. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian men between the ages of 15 and 29, but is highly treatable with a cure rate of over 95%. So check yourself regularly. The self-exam is simple: feel each testicle and roll it between your thumb and finger. It should feel smooth. If you detect anything different than your last check, go and see your doctor.
2. 1 in 3 Canadian men are being stalked by the Silent Killer: High Blood Pressure. There are no obvious warning signs to high blood pressure. Have your blood pressure checked at least once a year by a health care professional; more often if your blood pressure is high. Regular checks can make sure your blood pressure is in the normal range to prevent stroke and heart attack.
3. High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke. If you smoke, or have a family history of heart disease, or if you are inactive or overweight get your cholesterol checked by your doctor. Regular physical activity, healthy eating with less processed foods and less sodium, not smoking and managing your weight all contribute good heart health.
4. Feeling thirsty, extra tired or have noticed a sudden change in weight? Those can be signs of Diabetes, which can affect your kidneys, eyes, heart and even result in lost limbs. If you experience these symptoms see your doctor to get your blood sugar checked and chat about what changes you can start making.
5. When’s the last time you thought about getting a booster shot? Well immunizations aren’t just for kids – adults should be getting booster shots every 10 years for Tuberculosis, Tetanus and Diphtheria. Your doctor may also recommend others. Contact your doctor or your local public health unit to find out how to get yours.
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian physicians. CMA’s mission is to serve and unite the physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health care. To learn more visit their website http://www.cma.ca