As we celebrate Father's day this June, the best gift you can give dad is the encouragement for him to lead a healthy lifestyle all year round.
Get regular checkups. Annual visits to a primary care physician are recommended to make sure that blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels are appropriate to minimize the risk of diseases and help detect problems before they become serious. Encouraging dad to get a routine physical is taking the right step to improve his chances of a living a longer, healthier life.
Take part in screenings. Cancer screenings aim to detect cancer before the body shows symptoms. For men in particular, it is recommended that colorectal cancer screening, which includes colonoscopy and other forms of visual tests, start at age 50. Additionally, men may want to consider prostate cancer screening. This includes a digital rectal exam and/or a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. The general recommendation has been for low risk men to begin this screening at age 50. Additionally, men should consider taking part in lung and skin cancer screenings as early detection is an effective way to reduce mortality and improve outcomes in these types of cancer. Discussing a regular screening regimen with one's primary care physician, where factors like family history and overall health history can be part of the conversation, is the best way to keep dad healthy.
Find ways to manage stress. Stress negatively impacts health, increasing risk of heart disease, depression, and other health issues. This is more important than ever in the current stressors created by the COVID 19 pandemic and its related concerns. Identify sources of stress and take time to do things to manage it, such as exercise, meditation and time management.