Men’s Health Month – The importance of your yearly physique | McLaren health care news

There are many things that men can do without. An annual physicist is not one of them.

Author: Liz Kovac

Receiving an annual physique is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Unfortunately, men are known for putting off this simple but essential medical checkup. ‚ÄúThere are many things that men can do without. An annual physicist is not one of them, “said Dr. Michael DiGiovanni, a family physician at McLaren Lapeer Region – Brown City Health Center.

Here’s why everyone should take their annual physique seriously:

  • An annual physique is critical to preventing future health problems.

  • An annual physical exam is an opportunity to detect underlying health issues that you may not have realized were affecting your daily life.
  • A physicist strengthens your relationship between you and your doctor.
  • The doctor can review and renew any necessary medications.

A blood test is often conducted as part of an annual doctor’s visit and shows the doctor’s areas where you may be deficient, potential risk factors for disease, and more. A blood test also counts as:

Blood pressure screening

“Your blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the artery wall as the heart pumps blood,” said Dr. DiGiovanni.

Blood pressure is measured by two numbers: a higher number (systolic) and a lower number (diastolic). The ideal blood pressure is 120 out of 80.

If the highest number is between 120 and 139, or the lowest number is between 80 and 89, you should get your blood pressure checked every year.

If the highest number is 130 or more or the lowest number is 80 or more, make an appointment with your doctor to find out how you can reduce your blood pressure.

Cholesterol screening

“Cholesterol is a waxy fat-like substance found in cells and is often determined by heredity,” said Dr. DiGiovanni.

There is “good” and “bad” cholesterol. Your body automatically produces the “good” cholesterol. However, poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle can cause “bad” cholesterol.

The ideal cholesterol is 200 mg / dl. Cholesterol is considered to be high at 240 mg / dL.

Diabetes screening

This screening measures glucose, or blood sugar, levels. Blood sugar comes from the food you eat and is your body’s main source of energy.

Blood sugar levels of 99 mg / dL or lower are normal. 100 to 125 mg / dL indicates pre-diabetes. A level of 126 mg / dL or higher means that an individual is diabetic.

Heart disease screening

Having an annual blood test or electrocardiogram (ECG) is important in determining potential heart problems.

If you are a male 45 years of age or older, your doctor may also recommend the following screenings:

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States. However, when detected in its early stages, lung cancer is more treatable. “We know that routine screenings save lives,” said Dr Shalini Thoutreddy, an oncologist at McLaren Lapeer Region. “Support your health and talk to your primary care physician to determine if a lung cancer screening is right for you.”

Click here for more information on eligibility for lung cancer screening. You can make an appointment with a lung cancer specialist by visiting

Colorectal screening

Colorectal screening is suggested for men 45 years of age and older to check for polyps or cancer. Call the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Lapeer Region at (800)527-6266 for information on receiving a colorectal screening kit.

Osteoporosis screening

An osteoporosis screening is a simple X-ray that determines bone mass.

Prostate screening

A prostate screening is suggested for men starting at the age of 45 to check for prostate cancer.

Skin cancer screening

During a skin cancer screening, a doctor will check the skin for irregularities which may include abnormal discoloration, texture, or markings. If an abnormality is found, a biopsy may be recommended.

Click here for a full list of Karmanos Cancer Institute screening and prevention services.

If you need a primary care provider, call (810) 667-5714 for a medical referral. Dr. DiGiovanni is currently accepting new patients in Brown City.

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