Healthy Love for Dads

Healthy Love for all the Dads in Your Life

Men are famous for avoiding medical care and screenings, but starting in their late 30’s men should begin to pay attention to certain conditions for a healthy life.  Show your men how much you care about them by talking over important health concerns so they live a long and happy life.

Following are the major health concerns for men, along with tips for prevention – from the Cleveland Clinic:

  1. Prostate cancer. Schedule a prostate screening, including a simple blood test of PSA levels, every year starting at age 50. If your father or brothers developed prostate cancer early or if you are African-American, start screening at age 40 or 45. Fortunately, prostate cancer is highly curable when caught early.
  2. Heart disease/high blood pressure/high cholesterol. If heart disease runs in your family or if your blood pressure or cholesterol levels are high, ask your doctor about taking medications to control blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and whether a daily aspirin might help.
  3. Erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction or ED is very common, especially after prostate removal. Urologists offer many effective treatments for ED, starting with medications.
  4. Weight management as we age. Eating smaller portions, healthier food and regular exercise become increasingly important as our metabolisms slow down. This helps prevent type 2 diabetes, arthritis and other weight-related problems.
  5. Diabetes. Nearly 60 million Americans have pre-diabetes (elevated blood sugar), the precursor to type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and loss of limb. Studies now prove that a healthier diet and increased activity can restore normal blood sugar levels and prevent diabetes. It’s critical to control weight, cholesterol and blood pressure, and quit smoking as well.
  6. Stroke. Call 9-1-1 if someone develops weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg(s), confusion, speech or comprehension problems, vision loss, dizziness, or difficulty with walking, balance or coordination. These are early warning signs of stroke, and immediate treatment can be lifesaving.

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