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Men’s Health Month – 5 Important Health Numbers You Need to Know

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  • Written By: Lester Holstein, MD, Family Medicine
Men’s Health Month – 5 Important Health Numbers You Need to Know

June is National Men’s Health Month. Though most states in the U.S. have been able to ease COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and medical offices have returned to normal appointment scheduling, many men in our own families and community are still delaying regular and preventative care.

For men, staying up-to-date with their health care was a long-term challenge exacerbated by the pandemic. As of April 2021, 60 percent of men in the United States reported that they did not visit a family doctor for preventative care including vaccines and health screenings, and 45 percent did not have an annual check-up or wellness visit.

We know that early detection and treatment of health conditions is vital in ensuring the best outcomes – so don’t delay your health care any longer. This June, we urge you to take a break from checking the oil and checking off your grocery list, and take a moment to check your numbers. Here are five important health numbers to have checked at your next doctor’s appointment:

  • Blood pressure
  • Blood cholesterol
  • Blood glucose or A1C
  • BMI
  • Your age! As you age, you become eligible for certain annual health screenings:
    • Colon Cancer: starting at age 45 with no risk factors
    • Prostate Cancer: starting at age 55 with no risk factors

In addition to these numbers, take time to talk to your doctor about healthy lifestyle changes you can make to better your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

Need a doctor? To find a PVHMC primary care doctor near you, and to learn more about which health screenings may be due for, visit mypvhc.com.