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Better Man

30 Days to a better man

30 Days to a better man 4 Reasons to Get Regular Physicals 1. Prevent health problems. This is the most important reason. In the modern world, it seems medicine is geared towards treating health problems and not preventing them. While it’s true that doctors spend most their time treating people who are already ill, more and more doctors are focusing on preventing their patients’ health problems before they start. A regular physical exam is one tool to accomplish this goal. By getting a regular exam, you can nip your health problems in the bud. If your doctor spots a funky mole, it can be removed before you have problems with skin cancer. If he notices that your blood pressure is too high, he can suggest a diet and fitness plan to help reduce it before you have a heart attack. Also, when you get your physical, your doctor will ask you about your family’s health history. If your family has a history of certain diseases or health problems, your doctor can give you guidance on how you can reduce your risk of suffering those ailments. 2. Save money. While we sometimes avoid the doctor because we don’t want to pay for an appointment, if a doctor can nip a problem in the bud before it gets serious, you’ll save a lot of money on medical bills down the road. 3. Establish baselines. If you haven’t been to the doctor in a while, getting a physical will establish baselines for things like your weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Having these baselines will help your doctor gauge your health’s subsequent progression or regression. 4. Develop a relationship with your doctor. Because men don’t see the doctor regularly, we often don’t have a doctor with whom we’ve developed a trusting relationship. But having a doctor that you can trust can ensure that you get the best care possible. First, we’re more likely to open up to doctors that we have a good relationship with, which 118

Brett and Kate McKay means the doctor will get the information he needs to make a correct diagnosis when things are wrong. Second, having a regular doctor means you’ll have someone who knows your health history well enough that they don’t have to re-invent the wheel every time they see you. Finally, when you have a doctor you feel comfortable with, you’ll be less hesitant to go see him when something about your health goes south. How Often Should You Get a Physical • If you’re in your 20s – every five years. • If you’re in your 30s – every three years. • If you’re in your 40s – every two years. • 50 and above – every year. What to Expect When You Get a Physical A lot of men have never had a physical and might be nervous about what to expect. Will they stick their finger up my butt? (Only if you’re older than 50). Will they touch my balls? (If you’re under 40, then yes. Your balls will not only be touched, they will also be hefted). To take some of the edge off of going to get your physical, here’s a broad roadmap of what to expect. 1. Paperwork. While you’re waiting in the lobby to see the doctor, you’ll probably be given a bunch of forms that ask about you and your family’s health history. The questionnaire will ask if you use tobacco, consume alcohol, exercise regularly, or have had any health problems recently. It will also ask if anyone in your family suffered from cancer, diabetes, alcoholism, etc. Answer these questions truthfully and to the best of your ability. It will assist the doctor in giving you advice on staying as healthy as you can be. If you’re visiting this particular doctor for the first time, they usually ask that you arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment in order to fill out this paperwork. 119