The best way to stay on top of your game is to be proactive about your health. On average, men do not see physicians for yearly physical exams or health screenings nearly as often as women. At Duly we want to help men make the best plays towards being their healthiest self. Let’s batter up and walk through the top nine plays to win your health game.
Inning 1 – General Health
Scheduling your annual checkup with a primary care provider, even if you’re feeling good, promotes a healthy lifestyle and keeps you ahead of any possible game-changers.
At your annual visit, you’ll want to cover the bases by discussing your medical and family health history, any current medications or allergies, and lifestyle habits such as diet, exercise and alcohol or tobacco use. Your care team will coach you on lifestyle changes, immunizations or additional testing needed to keep you at your happiest and healthiest.
Inning 2 – Diet, Nutrition & Exercise
When it comes to diet and exercise, it’s best to play the long game. A good ballpark hot dog and beer are okay here and there, but a balanced, nutritious diet with proper portions can improve your overall health. Focus on nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables and limiting saturated fats to help reduce the risk of heart disease and boost your overall energy. A great proven example is the Mediterranean Diet.
An all-star athlete workout regimen isn’t necessary either. Moving your body for 30 minutes every day with a brisk walk or running around with your kids goes a long way in reducing stress and preventing chronic conditions like Type 2 Diabetes.
Inning 3 – Skin Health
Don’t forget about your skin health! As we start to spend more time outside, it’s more important than ever to gear up to protect your skin and apply sunscreen daily to avoid skin damage. Try to limit your time outside when the sun’s rays are the strongest, typically from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. regardless of your skin type. Make sure your selected sunscreen is labeled broad-spectrum, so it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
Skin cancer screenings are also an important play you can make to help prevent skin cancer. During a skin check, your primary care or dermatology provider will examine moles, birthmarks and other pigmented areas that may look abnormal in color, shape, size or texture. Skin cancer screenings should be done at least once per year and sometimes more often if you have a history of skin cancer.
Inning 4 – Sight & Hearing Health
Make sure you keep your eyes and ears out for any foul balls when it comes to your sight and hearing health! Hearing loss is common, affecting approximately one in four adults by the age of 65. We recommend getting a baseline audiogram performed by the age of 60 if you are not experiencing any hearing-related symptoms. If you have hearing-related concerns including ringing in the ears, a family history of hearing loss or are frequently exposed to loud noises at work or during recreational hobbies, we recommend starting your screenings earlier.
It is also normal for you to experience changes in your vision throughout your life, and as you age, your risk of developing certain eye conditions increases as well. For most people, changes in their eyes begin in their early to mid-40s. Your eyes undergo significant changes as you age. It is important to complete an annual, comprehensive eye exam with a Duly Optometrist to monitor for any eye or vision problems that may be developing.
Inning 5 – Heart Health
It’s so important to keep your heart health in check! Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and heart failure, claims more lives in the United States. than any other illness. Early detection and prevention are critical to playing your best game.
Be sure to schedule regular check-ups with your primary care provider or cardiologist to check on your blood pressure, review your family history and make a game plan for heart-healthy lifestyle choices. These are the best ways to keep your heart in tip-top shape!
Inning 6 – Mental Health
Seeking out help for mental health may not always seem easy. Asking for help with a problem shows signs of both bravery and resourcefulness. Therapy can address a multitude of issues from the everyday stressors of life to depression and anxiety.
Think of a mental health provider as your own personal relief pitcher. Regular mental health check-ins with a behavioral and mental health provider can provide guidance and recommendations on coping with a stressful work environment or how to ask for what you need from your loved ones.
Inning 7 – Sexual Health
Difficulty getting or maintaining an erection can be frustrating and sometimes embarrassing. Many men assume that the issue stems solely from their groin area, or a mental block, but that is not always the case!
While erectile dysfunction can be caused by a variety of issues including stress, if the problem persists for more than three months, you shouldn’t ignore it. Prolonged periods of erectile dysfunction could be a symptom of other underlying health conditions including elevated blood pressure or high cholesterol. Smoking and other chronic conditions like diabetes, low testosterone or depression are also linked to erectile dysfunction.
It is important to know that there are treatment options for all severities of erectile dysfunction and you’re not alone. A Duly Urologist will help you get back in the game by discussing your symptoms and treatment.
Inning 8 – Colorectal Health
There are no excuses in baseball or your health. Staying on top of preventive screenings, like a colonoscopy, significantly lowers your risk of developing colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer remains the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women in the United States today. If you’re at average risk of developing colorectal cancer, you should schedule your first colonoscopy when you turn 45. Colonoscopy screenings are the gold standard for colorectal cancer prevention and detection.
Inning 9 – Prostate Health
Every 13 in 100 men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime. Therefore, it is recommended to schedule an annual prostate screening exam starting at age 50.
While prostate cancer and other prostate conditions often don’t affect men until later in life, there are plays you can start today to maintain your prostate health. Eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, drinking plenty of fluids and limiting alcohol and tobacco use, have all been linked to a healthier prostate. Bring in the closer as you reach 50 by scheduling your prostate exam with your primary care provider or Urologist.
The best way you can stay healthy is to be proactive. Don’t wait until the bottom of the ninth to get your health in the game! Schedule a check-up with a Duly Health and Care provider today >