about going to the doctor for a checkup? Don’t be. A healthy
patient-provider relationship and some regular maintenance can
give you a long, healthy life.
Loomis, Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau
Claire, Wis., says, "Prioritizing your health in your
thirties and forties is analogous to financial investing. If
you start when you’re 50, you’re behind the eight ball.
Start when you’re 25, and you will have invested well."
He says some men take better car of their cars than their
health and offers these reminders.
your engine tuned — Men don’t appreciate the significance
of cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease and stroke,
according to Dr. Loomis. "There’s a lack of awareness
about how significant that risk is, but we have better
screening and treatment options than ever before."
connection — Establishing a trusting relationship with your
health provider is extremely important for prevention.
Checking blood pressure, establishing healthy weight goals and
understanding cholesterol and blood glucose numbers puts men
on track for long-term health. It also helps with discussing
sensitive topics, such as prostate exams. Dr. Loomis says,
"Current evidence says you should at least have the
discussion at age 50,"
from the past — Building the patient-provider relationship
leads to better care, makes patients more comfortable, helps
reveal important health concerns and provides a more detailed
family history. Dr. Loomis adds, "Talk to family members.
Sometimes it’s hard to hash out what’s genetic and what’s
hard, play hard — Dr. Loomis recommends physical activity,
healthy diet and an optimistic outlook for an overall healthy
lifestyle. "I ask men how often they change the oil in
their cars. A lot of guys take better care of their toys than