June is National Men’s Health month
Posted By:  Anne Marie Farley
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

blogJune is National Men’s Health month

It’s the perfect time to take a look at some key health risks that should be on every man’s radar – especially as they age. Our health screenings measure cholesterol, BMI, and blood pressure – all critical metrics for determining potential health risks. In addition, HealthWorks offers additional tests that help screen for:

Prostate Cancer

Did you know that a man is more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer?

Many men with prostate cancer don’t have symptoms until their cancer gets worse, so men should know their risks:

• Age – more than 2/3 of prostate cancers are found in men over 65
• Family History – risk increases four times in men with 2 or more relatives with prostate cancer and/or relative who have been diagnosed before 65
• Race – African Americans get prostate cancer at a rate 56% higher than Caucasians
• Weight – Obesity can lead to a delay in diagnosis and longer recovery
• Diet – men who eat a diet high in animal fat may have a higher risk. Diets high in fruits and vegetables may have lower risk.

What HealthWorks Offers: PSA Testing

When there are no symptoms, prostate cancer can be found by conducting a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. The blood test screens for raised levels of PSA, a protein made by the prostate. The American Cancer Society suggests that you get both tests every year after age 50. If something unusual is found, a small piece of tissue may be removed (called a biopsy) to check for cancer.

Diabetes Risk

Everyone should monitor their diabetes risks and screen for diabetes if they have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. A man’s risk is higher if, among other things, he is:

• Obese or overweight
• Leads a sedentary lifestyle
• Has a family history of diabetes
• Is over 45 years of age
• Has low levels of HDL Cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol in your blood)

What HealthWorks Offers: A1-C Testing

The A1-C test measures what percentage of your hemoglobin — a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen — is coated with sugar (glycated). The higher you’re A1-C level, the poorer your blood sugar control and the higher your risk of diabetes complications. HealthWorks can measure A1-C as part of an on-site biometrics screening.

Contact us about these additional tests and to explore what other options we might have to help keep the men in your life healthy!

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