June is Men's Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month, and Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services stresses the importance to educate the public about the many preventable health problems that affect men and boys, and empower them and their loved ones to move towards a healthier, happier life.

The health of men in America is steadily deteriorating, largely due to poor health education, lack of awareness and culturally induced behavior patterns. This has caused a silent health crisis, whereby men face higher mortality rates than women for 9 of the 10 leading causes of death in addition to a shorter life span. Women are 100% more likely than men to visit the doctor for annual exams and preventative services. 1 in 2 men are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime compared with 1 in 3 women.

Many of the leading health risks for men are preventable through smart lifestyle choices and effective management of chronic conditions. This involves eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, limiting alcohol and tobacco use, including exercise in their daily routine, and effectively managing stress. In addition to these steps, men should contact their physician about regular screenings for cancers they are particularly at risk for. Stroke risk can be reduced by managing chronic conditions such as high cholesterol or blood pressure and maintaining regular contact with your physician. Routine handwashing and minimizing exposure to chemicals and outdoor pollution can limit potential risks for lower respiratory diseases. Finally, preventing vehicle accidents can be achieved through using common sense and remembering to buckle up and never drive under the influence or when tired.

Alex Kalsbeck, CNP at the Viborg Medical Clinic, encourages men to meet with their healthcare provider for a wellness exam. “You may be due for a screening or immunization that could be life-saving. It will only take a small amount of time out of your day and could be very worth it!” Once men reach age 50 it is important that they visit their provider for recommendations of screenings related to colon, heart (including blood pressure and cholesterol), and prostate health. At this stage of their life, there are also recommended immunizations that are important. Men must take the time to take care of themselves and address health concerns over and above the episodic cold and cough type symptoms.

Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services wants to remind men to take charge of their health! Our providers in the Viborg, Parker, and Centerville Clinics are available for appointments for a general physical exam; and this is a good opportunity to bring up any health concerns or questions you may have. You may want to check your insurance to see if you have the benefit of a wellness physical examination coverage.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT contact: Pioneer Memorial Viborg Medical Clinic: (605) 326-5201 Pioneer Memorial Centerville Medical Clinic: (605) 563-2411 Pioneer Memorial Parker Medical Clinic: (605) 297-3888

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