ATTENTION MEN: Time for a Prevention Intervention?

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” - Benjamin Franklin

If we didn't change the oil in our car for 10 years, some very major, costly issues would come up - the kind that could be easily avoided if we'd just changed the oil. We do regular anti-virus scans to catch the bugs that can crash and wreak havoc on our computers. We schedule these things to ensure the longevity and efficiency of something valuable to us. Well, a doctor's check-up is one of those things that do just that.

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Our cars come with a recommended maintenance schedule. Gentlemen (and ladies!), here's yours: what to get checked and when.

So, if you're a man in his 40s, get a testosterone screening. 30-something? Get a blood test and urinalsys every three years to stay on top of potential kidney or thyroid issues. It's not rocket science - it just takes a different mindset. What kind of car are you and how would you take care of it?

One for the Boys

Take a tip from Samuel L. Jackson, do it for One of the Boys, a campaign that raises cancer awareness among men. But it's not just about cancer. Men's Health Network (MHN) reports that men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death - heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, accidents, pneumonia and influenza, diabetes, suicide, kidney disease, and chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. All of which, are, in one word, preventable.

Read our blog on motivating men to get check-ups.

Start with a 360 Wellness Consultation to get the information you need to make an informed choice about your whole body health.

More Reading Resources:

Men's Health Network

Ask Men

Top 10 Health Risks for Men

Some fun analogies between your health and your car:

Nutrition: your body is your car

Nutrition: car analogy

Treat Your Body Like Your Favorite Car