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Aspirus Health’s recommendations for men's preventative care

Men's health encompasses a spectrum of challenges, from heart disease to cancer and more. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine highlights higher mortality rates among men in the United States due to these conditions, emphasizing the critical need for proactive healthcare measures.

At the forefront of proactive health management is preventative care. Regular check-ups, screenings, and lifestyle adjustments play a pivotal role in mitigating health risks and promoting overall well-being for men.

"The biggest things men can do to help prevent cancer from arising have to do with lifestyle changes," says Nils Arvold, MD, a radiation oncologist with Aspirus Health. This includes maintaining a healthy weight, adopting a balanced diet rich in fiber, vegetables, and fish, and minimizing habits like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

Preventative care also extends to health screenings and regular visits with a primary care provider.

"Having that relationship is very important. They can monitor you as you go through life to try to make it less likely you'll develop certain diseases such as cancer, but also that if you start to have symptoms of something to be detected as soon as you can,” says Dr. Arvold.

Aspirus Health Screening Guidelines suggest the following screenings for men. Following these guidelines can significantly contribute to early detection and prevention of health issues, as emphasized by Dr. Arvold.

  • Cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides – Every five years depending on risk
  • General physical exam – Every two to three years
  • Immunizations – Cadence varies:
    •  Diphtheria-Tetanus, every 10 years
    • Influenza, annually
    • Pneumococcal vaccine, once after age 65
  • Colon cancer screening – Persons of average risk should begin screening at age 45
  • Lung cancer screening – Depending on risk
    • Talk to your primary care provider to see if you qualify for a low-dose CT scan.

Dr. Arvold stresses the value of establishing a long-term relationship with a provider, saying, “it may seem unnecessary if you’re feeling well, but there are so many things that can be detected by a primary care provider that you might not even think about.”

Men’s Health Month is an opportune time to encourage our loved ones to prioritize their health through preventative care measures. Scheduling regular check-ups, adhering to recommended screenings, and embracing healthy lifestyle choices are key steps towards a healthier future.

MyAspirus provides convenient options for scheduling appointments and accessing healthcare resources, making it easier for individuals to take charge of their well-being. Simply download the MyAspirus mobile app or visit on your desktop computer today to get started.