May 31, 2024 Ask the Doctor - Salman Hassan Ahmed, MD

June is Men’s Health Month which aims to raise awareness of the importance of healthcare for men to implement healthy lifestyle choices.

From preventative measures to early detection of diseases, Salman Hassan Ahmed, MD, Family Medicine, an RWBarnabas Health Medical Group provider, affiliated Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, shares some steps men can take for better health.

Salman Ahmed, MD
Salman Ahmed, MD
  • The most important step in men's health is regular check-ups with a primary care provider. Dr. Ahmed recommends an annual physical exam to assess overall health, screen for potential health issues, and discuss any concerns or symptoms. These check-ups provide an opportunity for early detection of conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer, enabling timely intervention and treatment.
  • Understanding key health indicators such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and body mass index (BMI) is essential for men to assess their risk of developing various health conditions. Dr. Ahmed emphasizes the importance of knowing and monitoring these numbers regularly, as they can serve as early warning signs of underlying health problems.
  • He also stresses the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle to prevent chronic diseases and promote overall well-being. This includes maintaining a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, as well as engaging in regular physical activity and avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Men are often less likely to seek help for mental health issues compared to women. It’s important for men to prioritize their mental well-being by openly discussing any feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression with their healthcare provider. Seeking professional help when needed and practicing stress-management techniques can significantly improve mental health outcomes.
  • Regular screenings for conditions such as prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, and sexually transmitted infections are essential for men's health. Dr. Ahmed’s recommends discussing screening options and schedules with your PCP based on individual risk factors and age, ensuring early detection and timely intervention when necessary.
  • Heart disease remains a leading cause of death among men worldwide. Dr. Ahmed emphasizes importance of managing risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity through lifestyle modifications and medication when appropriate. Regular heart and vascular screenings and adopting heart-healthy habits are crucial for preventing heart disease and its complications.
  • Establishing a trusting and open relationship with a primary care provider is essential for men's health. It’s important to speak to their provider openly about their health concerns, lifestyle habits, and goals, allowing for personalized care to support their individual needs.
  • Prioritizing men's health requires a proactive approach that encompasses regular check-ups, healthy lifestyle choices, mental health awareness, screening, and open communication with primary care providers. By following these essential tips, men can take control of their health, reduce their risk of chronic diseases, and lead healthier and more fulfilling lives.

When it comes to health and wellness, most men don’t know the score.

Learn more and keep track of the steps you should take to ensure a lifetime of good health. Open the Men’s health Care Score Card.

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