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Posted: Monday, June 9, 2014 12:00 am

   Men seem to be under the impression that going to the doctor makes them less manly when in actuality, going to the doctor for yearly check-ups is the manliest thing he can do. Men are just as obligated to take charge of their health as women. Preventative care is the easiest and most cost efficient way to make sure you remain healthy for you and your family.

   Levi Stone, Chief Nursing Officer at Odessa Regional Medical Center, is urging men to be proactive about their health and to take control of their health before it takes control of them. Men tend to engage in risky behaviors and push themselves to the limit. They go through life with a “There isn’t anything wrong with me; I feel fine” attitude. They won’t go to the doctor until they start feeling bad, and many times it’s too late.

   It is understandable that sometimes going to the doctor can be embarrassing. Levi recommends finding a primary physician or nurse practitioner that you can relate to and who understands you. You can develop a relationship that makes you feel comfortable when you have questions regarding your health.

   Men need to begin yearly check-ups in their 20’s in order to start a wellness program that fits their specific health needs. Getting a check-up once a year takes very little time and will help in detecting and/or preventing diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Your doctor can find underlying conditions you are unaware of, and can work with you on creating a plan for early management to protect your body.

   Men’s hormone levels begin to change in their 30’s. Levi stresses that it is important to understand the risk as well as the benefits of hormone replacement. You can talk to your doctor about a plan to regulate hormone levels that are normal for your age.

   A great service to take advantage of is health screenings. ORMC has a Health Screening Mobile Van where you can get an Angio Screen for heart and vascular health with an immediate color printout and digital results. They also have Courtesy Health Screening located in the Music City Mall where you can get free lab work done once a year. Both of these will give you a springboard for discussion with your primary physician on any health concerns and preventative measures.

   Everyone can think of at least one man we know personally who waited until it was too late to take control of his health. We are all busy with work and family, but it is imperative that men be proactive in taking control of their health now.  It is much easier and cheaper for you to get yearly check-ups to ensure you stay healthy for you and your family. It doesn’t get any manlier than that.

   For more information on men’s health, visit odessaregional.com.         

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