Most women are all too familiar with the constant battle of getting a stubborn husband, father or brother to go to the doctor and stay on top of their health. To change this trend, Congress recognizes June as Men’s Health Month. With Father’s Day just around the corner, health expert and mom, Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, offers her advice for keeping the important men in our lives healthy. She is the head of Nursing Administration and the Emergency Department at Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center.
Why is men’s health something we need to focus on?
Nurse Rose: We all know that men tend to be more reluctant to go to the doctor. In fact, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that women are 100 percent more likely to visit the doctor for an annual physical than men.
Why are regular doctor’s visits important?
Nurse Rose: Establishing a primary care physician and getting an annual physical is critical because, simply visiting the doctor annually and taking some preventive health measures can seriously reduce the risk of developing health conditions like heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. Catching risk factors early for these conditions early and taking action immediately can prevent the condition from worsening.
How can women help their husbands, fathers and other important men in their lives stay healthy?
Nurse Rose: Ladies, take note and share these simple precautions with the men in your life so they can feel well and live longer!
- Schedule an annual physical with your primary care doctor
- Ask your doctor about regular health screenings you should be having like prostate cancer screening or colonoscopies
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men in the U.S. Encourage your male family members to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke by:
- Monitoring your blood pressure and cholesterol,
- Maintaining a healthy weight,
- Exercising regularly, and
- Eating a heart-healthy diet.