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A Little Prevention Goes a Long Way

You don’t want to go to the doctor. We know. But the key to long, healthy lives for men starts with preventive health care. If you can’t remember when your last physical exam was, or if your gut feeling is telling you something is off, it’s time to do something about it. The good news? It’s never too late to start taking better care of your health.

STEP 1: Choose a Primary Care Provider

A primary care provider isn’t just someone to see when you’re sick. A primary care provider will help you manage all aspects of your health. And with regularly scheduled annual visits and screenings, your primary care provider can proactively help you from getting sick in the first place. So, make sure to get in for those regular check-ups - even if you feel fine.

STEP 2: Schedule Screenings

Screenings help your doctors check for diseases and health conditions before there are any signs or symptoms. When health problems are detected early, they are often easier to treat. Check out the infographic for more information on screenings and make sure to talk to your provider about what screening frequency is right for you.

STEP 3: Eat Healthy

Easier said than done. Eating healthy can be a real challenge for many, but poor diet and lack of physical activity are the most common risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Alternatively, eating the right foods can help lower blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and weight.

STEP 4: Get (and Stay) Active

Current physical activity guidelines recommend adults participate in 150 minutes of moderate exercise/physical activity per week. Check out the Snack-Sized Workouts article on page 12 for ideas on how to make movement more attainable. Remember, all movement is good movement!

For men. By men.

We asked some of our male providers to share some of their top health tips for men.

“Slip. Slop. Slap. Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunblock and make sure to wear a wide-brimmed hat before you head outside to mow the lawn. We live in a beautiful area with many outdoor activities during the summer months – make sure to protect your skin.”
– Dr. Faris Hawit
Calvert Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center

“We pay a lot of attention to prostate cancer issues, but testicular cancer is the most common malignancy diagnosed in young men ages 15-35. Perform regular self-exams and speak with your provider if you find any irregularities or if you are known to have an increased risk.”
– Dr. Kenneth Abbott
CalvertHealth Hematology & Oncology

“I love to run or do a simple bodyweight workout, but as my free time dwindled during residency, fellowship and having a family, my running fell by the wayside. Over the past two years, I have slowly resumed my running and have lost a significant amount of excess weight that I had accumulated over the years, and feel so much better, both physically and mentally.”
– Dr. Ervind Bhogte
CalvertHealth General Surgery

“A small change that can help in many areas of your health is to gradually replace drinks such as sodas, coffee, tea and juice with water. It’s a simple way to reduce the risk of diabetes and to help with weight loss. For instance, several studies have shown that for every can of soda per day that you replace with water, you can expect to lose up to 15-20 pounds per year from one simple change.”
– Dr. John (Jack) Cooper
CalvertHealth Urology

“Please make an appointment with your primary care provider as soon as possible to get a checkup. If you don’t have a primary care provider, find one that you feel you can relate to. We are here to help you achieve optimal health so you can live your best life - free of guilt or judgment. I cannot stress strongly enough how important it is to have an annual physical exam.”
– J. Christopher Costabile, PA-C
CalvertHealth Primary Care
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