HIGH POINT, NC -- June is National Men's Health Month but most guys don't like to talk about their health. In fact, a study by the Cleveland Clinic shows that men would rather talk about their job or sports more than they want to share anything about their health. The same study shows that 60% of men don't get their annual, doctor-recommended check up and 19% of guys admitted they only go to the doctor because their significant other is nagging them!
Health is one of the most important things we have. So guys, it's time to man up and get a check up! Most guys say they don't have time to go to the doctor but WFMY News 2's Maddie Gardner debunked the myth that the doctor's office takes up a whole day. She visited American Family Care in High Point and spoke to Dr. Granada Neil about men's health.
A typical check up at the clinic includes checking a man's blood pressure, weight, BMI, cholesterol, temperature, oxygen levels and diabetes risks. American Family Care says this routine check-up only takes an hour from the time you walk in until the time you walk out. That's right, you can get in a doctor's visit on your lunch hour!
In between visits you can check your health at home. Dr. Granada showed Maddie five simple tests men can do throughout the year according to American Family Care:
- Ticker Test - How strong is your heart? The Centers for Disease Control Data found 89% of sudden cardiac events occur in men. You can easily check your pulse while at rest. (Place 2 fingers, not using your thumb, on your wrist, >press lightly until you feel a pulse. Count your pulse for 10 seconds and multiply by six. A normal pulse or heart rate for a man should be between 60 and 100 a minute.)
- Spare Tire Gauge - Belly fat produces hormones that could create heart or diabetes issues. Wrap a tape measure around your waist at belly button level. If you measure more than 37 inches, you’re at risk for potentially serious health problems.
- Under Pressure – The National Stroke Association estimates one out of three men who have high blood pressure don’t know it. You should always see a doctor for an official reading, but men are encouraged to buy an easy-to-use blood pressure monitor at a pharmacy and check their own blood pressure. There could be trouble if your high number is consistently above 120 or your low number is consistently above 80. Repeat every few weeks.
- Critical Cancer Check – Testicular cancer is the most common cancer among men ages 20 – 35. After the shower when you’re relaxed, check testicles for lumps or changes in size. Repeat this about once a month.
- Oral Health Exam – The American Cancer Society reports 34,000 people will get oral cancer this year- most of them men. It’s twice as common in men as in women. It shows up as a sore or lump that doesn’t heal on the lips or mouth. To check for tumors, open wide and run a finger around and under your tongue. Wide or red patches could also be a sign of trouble.