Men’s Health Month: It is time to take control of your health
You deserve good health – and a good, long life. It is time you do something about it!
To start to prioritize your health, you need a primary care provider, such as a family physician or internist, which you trust. Your primary care provider can give you regular checkups and help make sure you get the care you need which may include:
Health Screenings. You may feel fine, and you may be healthy. Alternatively, you could have a silent health problem, like high blood pressure and not even know it.
Your primary care provider can use screening tests to detect some diseases before they cause symptoms, when they are often easier to control or treat. For example, you may need to be screened for high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes or colon cancer.
Vaccines. Are you due for a tetanus booster? A shingles shot? Do you get a flu vaccine every year? Getting recommended vaccinations can help you avoid painful and serious diseases.
Advice for a healthy life. Your primary care provider can help with goals like eating right, exercising regularly, losing weight and quitting tobacco.
Open up. Your provider is there to help – not judge. However, he or she cannot do that unless you talk about sensitive topics that may be keeping you from a healthier life such as:
Your mental health. Do you feel sad, hopeless or disinterested in activities you once enjoyed? These can be signs of depression, which is a serious illness. Treatment helps most people with depression enjoy life again.
Your drinking or smoking habits. You need to come clean if you drink alcohol or smoke tobacco or other substances. Your primary care provider can discuss the risks with you.
Your energy level. If you are tired a lot there may be a reason, such as low testosterone level, that can be treated.
At Carson Valley Medical Center, we are here to care for you. To establish a primary care provider or to make an appointment with your existing provider, please call 775-782-1550 or visit cvmchospital.org for more information.