Men’s health: Gearing up for a healthier tomorrow

Your toolbox for staying healthy and active at all ages

A group of men play flag football in a park. Staying active is an important part of men's health.

Attention to health and wellness is an important part of everyone’s life. But because of pressing demands and busy schedules, it’s easy to put off.

“It is crucial that men take ownership of their health to help maximize their physical, mental and emotional well-being,” said family medicine provider Josh Hadsell, DNP, APRN, CNP, who sees patients at the Sanford East Mandan Clinic in Mandan, North Dakota.

“This includes focusing on prevention and early detection of cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease like Alzheimer’s, metabolic disease like diabetes, and cancers, and identifying and treating mental health disorders like anxiety and depression and receiving recommended vaccinations. Please contact your provider to schedule a time to discuss strategies to increase both your healthspan and lifespan.”

To help men understand the importance of preventive health, Sanford Health provides you a wellness visit, a tool kit of sorts to help men stay healthy and active. These visits are often covered by insurance once a year at no additional cost to you.

Your provider may talk with you about:

Heart screenings

Give yourself some peace of mind with a heart screening. It includes the following checkups.

Blood pressure

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a risk factor for heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. High blood pressure is especially dangerous because it often gives no warning signs or symptoms.

Cholesterol

Too much cholesterol in the body results in an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Cholesterol can build up on arterial walls over time, which can cause less blood and oxygen to get to the heart.

Body mass index

By measuring BMI, your health care provider can help determine your risk of developing some diseases, including high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, stroke and some cancers.

Immunizations

Think these shots are only for tots? Think again. It’s much easier and more cost-effective to prevent a disease rather than treat it. Some vaccines need to be given only once; others require updates or “boosters” to maintain successful immunization and continued protection against disease.

It’s recommended that adults receive their COVID-19 vaccine and booster, a flu vaccine annually and stay up to date on their Tdap boosters.

Diabetes

A little finger prick won’t hurt a bit. Your provider will perform a blood glucose test to determine the risk for developing diabetes, a disease that occurs when the body cannot regulate blood sugars.

Testosterone

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Low testosterone affects millions of men in the U.S. Symptoms of low testosterone in men include decreased libido, loss of body and facial hair, weakened bones, increased body fat and feeling run down. A simple blood test can help identify if levels are low.

Other men’s health tools

Your provider may also discuss ways to stay healthy and recommend additional screenings based on your family history and risk factors including:

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