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Men’s Health Week
6th Jun 2016

Men’s Health Week 13th-19th June

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You might not be too surprised to hear that men tend to visit doctors less often than women. What might be more surprising are the reasons men give for not seeing a doctor.

A recent US study identified the Top 3 Reasons:

  1. Too busy to make an appointment
  2. Worried about having a physical examination
  3. Afraid to find out something might be wrong with them

Men’s Health Week is all about increasing the awareness and encouraging men to look after their health. By seeing a doctor for regular medical check-ups you can deal with minor health problems before they become a big problem.

Here are five tests that all men should do:

  • Have your blood pressure checked. If your blood pressure is too high you risk both heart disease and stroke
  • Have your cholesterol checked. When your cholesterol level becomes too high it can block off the blood supply to your organs
  • Check your fasting glucose. High sugar levels can cause nerve damage and lead to impotence
  • Self-examine your testicles for any lumps. Approximately 1 in 250 men get testicular cancer. If you find anything unusual see your Doctor.
  • For men over 50: Do the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test to detect prostate cancer.