June is National Men’s Health Month. This month is all about encouraging the men in your life (including you, men out there!) to take care of their bodies by eating right, exercising, and taking steps to prevent disease. The official symbol for the month is a blue ribbon. Men’s Health Month is our chance to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease including cancer, heart disease, and depression.

Health warning signs not to ignore

Have you noticed any changes in your body? This would include any skin changes, any lumps or bumps, or pain in areas that weren’t there before.  It’s important for men to talk with their doctor when noticing concerning symptoms that are not getting better or going away.

Here are some health warning signs men should take note of and to see their doctor for as soon as possible:

  • Changes in urinary habits
  • Tingling, burning, or numbness in the arms or legs
  • Shortness of breath
  • Excessive Sweating 
  • Skin changes
  • Blood in urine or stools
  • Snoring excessively
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Chest pain
  • Chronic heartburn
  • Feelings of hopelessness, fatigue, or irritability

Follow these three tips to keep yourself healthy:

  1. Eat Healthy. Start by taking small steps like portion control and eating a healthy breakfast. Eat many different types of foods to get all the vitamins and minerals you need. Add at least one fruit and vegetable to every meal.
  2. Get Moving. Play with your kids or grandkids. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Do yard work. Play a sport. Keep comfortable walking shoes handy at work and in the car. Most importantly, choose activities that you enjoy, this will help to stay motivated.
  3. Make Prevention a Priority. Many health conditions can be prevented or detected early with regular checkups from your healthcare provider.

Schedule your checkup today! Do it for yourself and for those who count on you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call, or visit any of our GCH Clinics.

Dr. Strehle