Putting Men’s Health First

Putting Men’s Health First
17 June 2016
We’re celebrating fathers this week, and not just with soap-on-a-rope and some new socks.

Fortitude and Fathers

It’s relatively easy to get the kids to the doctor, especially if you promise them a round of ice cream afterwards. But dads are famous for their fortitude and often brush off their need to pop in for a check-up with a casual “I’m fine”. At the very least, an annual physical checkup should be undertaken by everyone, no matter their general health and, for men, there are some important appointments that should be kept to.

Checking Up

If you’ve managed to get dad to the doctor, here’s a quick list of what he should, at the very least, get checked:

  • Blood pressure
  • BMI reading
  • Immunizations – for example, people over the age of 50 should have a tetanus shot once every ten years
  • Prostate check
  • Testicular cancer screening
  • Skin cancer screening – ask your doctors to examine any moles or skin spots.

The Uncomfortable Ones

Of course, there are some rather uncomfortable checkups to do, but take heart, dads, because nowadays, a finger prick blood test can be used to check for prostate-specific antigen (PSA), effectively detecting the disease early on.

Is ManFlu Real?

It may leave many people quite incredulous, but a recent study conducted by Stanford University found that the dreaded ManFlu is real. Researchers found that having a high level of testosterone can lead to a lowered defense against colds and flu, and built on research conducted by Johns Hopkins University which found that a higher estrogen level, most often found in women, could help prevent the onset of colds and flu.

LifeDoc Can Help

LifeDoc™ can help you get dad to the doctor. Use LifeDoc™ to set reminders so he won’t forget the appointment, and keep an easily accessible record of his important health information. Register here or like the LifeDoc™ Facebook page for regular updates. You can also stay on track with LifeDoc™ developments on Twitter.