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The Importance of Whole-Person Care for Men

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As a man, you have unique health care needs that affect your body, mind and spirit. Make it a goal to understand your current health and your risk factors for certain health conditions. It’s up to you to protect your whole health — and stay well for many more years to come.

Men in the U.S. are more likely to die prematurely than women for a variety of reasons, from biological risk factors to lifestyle choices.

Compared to women, men are also less likely to see a doctor for preventive care (and sometimes even for more serious conditions). What you may forget is that your lifestyle choices also affect your loved ones, your community and even your job.

Make a commitment to being more proactive about your care so you can enjoy your coming years with health and vitality.

Take Charge of Your Health

Whatever your age, learn what you can do to feel and live your best. This includes proper exercise for your age and condition, a balanced diet and healthy stress management techniques. You can also be prepared by learning the warning signs for heart disease, stroke and cancer.

If you take a look at your life as a whole — including your daily routines, work, recreational activities and even how you sleep — you’ll get a much better sense of current health condition.

Make an appointment with your primary care doctor and talk openly about your lifestyle. If you don’t already have a primary care doctor, you can find one near you.

During your visit, ask questions to stay informed and be open about whatever health conditions or concerns you have.

Screenings Keep You on Track

Your doctor can help you stay up-to-date on all the health screenings you need, including annual checkups for cholesterol, diabetes and prostate health. Other screenings may include:

  • Heart and vascular
  • Incontinence
  • Kidney disease
  • Kidney stones
  • Reproductive health and fertility
  • Stroke
  • Testicular cancer
  • Testosterone-related energy conditions

Care for Your Whole Person

You’re a connected system. Your body, mind and spirit work together to help you feel whole. Whether you’re a father, grandfather, husband, brother or son, it’s important you have the guidance and resources you need.

That’s why we’re here to support you at every age and stage, not just when you’re sick. From support groups and spiritual care to counseling and fitness classes, we work to ensure you have what you need to live your best life. Learn more about UChicago Medicine AdventHealth’s wellness care services and how, together, we can protect your whole health.

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