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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Men: It's Time to Make Health a Priority

Raza Ahmad, MD, discusses the importance of men’s health. Dr. Ahmad practices at Delancey Internal Medicine, now located at Penn Medicine Washington Square.

Raza Ahmad, MD
Raza Ahmad, MD
When it comes to taking care of the house, men will clean the gutters, cut the grass, fix leaky pipes and do many other things to make sure it “stays in good shape”. But, when it comes to their own well-being, they are sometimes less motivated to put the same amount of effort into it. Perhaps this sounds like your dad, brother, son, husband or, even, yourself?

The summer is a great time to remind the men in your life about the importance of getting annual check-ups, proper screenings and taking a look at their overall approach to good health. Make sure that they look as good from the inside as from the outside.

Even if feeling healthy, it’s important to have annual check-ups. This gives your physician the opportunity to obtain a detailed medical history and a thorough physical exam. Additionally, we will collect baseline blood work, including cholesterol, and refer you for proper screening tests, if needed.

With these wellness checkups, potential problems can be identified before they become serious. This also gives you and your physician an opportunity to build a relationship, which will help you and your care team stay ahead of any issues. Should a health situation arise, these previous interactions will help your care team develop a personalized and focused treatment plan.

Your doctor can also provide advice on a proper diet and the best ways to exercise by taking into account your age, weight and family history.

Timetable for Maintaining Good Health

Below is a basic guide providing general medical evaluations for adults. This guide does not take into consideration any existing symptoms, chronic conditions or family history.

Timetable for Men's Health

If you have any specific questions, your regular well checkup would be the time to ask. Playing catch up in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs is not a position you want to be in when it comes to your health. Preventative medicine is the best medicine!

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