Men: How to Monitor Your Health

For many men, thoughts about wellness only arise when symptoms and problems appear and necessitate a trip to the doctor. Unfortunately, by that point some health issues have progressed further than they should have, leading to more lasting damage.

With Men’s Health Week winding down soon, we’re sharing some ways that men can monitor their own health on a regular basis.

1. Keep a Food & Fitness Log

A healthy diet and regular exercise are key to lowering your risk for several major health issues, including type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease. But unless you are intentional about what you eat and when you work out, it can be hard to track if your efforts are working.

We recommend keeping a food and fitness log to help monitor your diet and exercise. Each day, record what you eat, including the time of meal and your portion size, and what fluids you take in. Also write down your physical activity, from walking up the stairs to jogging around the neighborhood to shopping for groceries. You can review your food and fitness log at the end of each week or month and track your weight changes to determine how effective your diet and exercise is proving.

2. Use Your Smart PhoneARCpoint Labs | Men: How to Monitor Your Health

If pen and paper are too old school for you, you can always use your smart phone to monitor your health. There are food log apps, running and fitness trackers, and pedometers that make it easy to track diet and exercise with a simple tap of your fingers.

3. Conduct Self-Examinations

Monitoring your health also involves conducting regular self-examination. This includes testicular exams. Although testicular cancer is not the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men and only carries a fatality rate of 1 in 5,000, it’s still a good idea to conduct regular checks. Early detection is key, as testicular cancer is easily treated and cured at this stage. Check out the American Cancer Society’s detailed instructions for testicular self-examinations.

Your self-examination should also include a head-to-toe scan for new moles, spots, rashes, or changes to existing skin conditions. Check the spots between your fingers and toes, on your scalp, under your arms, and all the other spots you may not regularly examine. Follow up with your doctor if you notice new or changed areas of concern, including asymmetrical moles, moles with irregular borders, moles that are not uniform in color, or moles more than ΒΌ of an inch in width.

4. Clinical Testing at ARCpoint Labs

ARCpoint Labs offers clinical lab testing for men who want to monitor their health. With our wellness lab tests, you can get baseline data on your cholesterol, hormone, and blood sugar levels, vitamin deficiencies, kidney, liver, and thyroid function, and more. Continued screening can help you track changes to see if treatment is necessary, or if current treatments you have developed with your doctor are working. With the accurate, confidential results we supply, you and your physician will have all the information you need to take charge of your health!

To learn more about monitoring your health with ARCpoint Labs, contact your nearest location today!

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