Martha Jefferson HealthWise--June 14th

Dr. Greenhoe is an Internist with Martha Jefferson Hospital and says men do not feel as if they need to see a doctor. In fact, most men feel they are healthy now, why go? And they think, "if it aint broke, why fix it?" The trouble with that thinking is that they may not catch a serious condition early enough, when its easily treatable, and could possibly die because of their procrastination.

Some of the silent problems that could develop into serious conditions for men are high blood pressure, high cholesterol and colon cancer (to name a few).

For instance, men in their late teens to mid thirties need to understand they are at risk for testicular cancer. Its very curable but it needs to be found early. This means that once every month men should be giving themselves testicular exams.

In helping men to assure living healthier lives, they should try eating smaller portions (up to half) than what they are currently eating. Also, simple walking each morning or night will help you to maintain a healthy target weight. Its really the small adjustments in lifestyle that will allow many people to see big differences in a relatively short time.

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