Men: Is it Time for a Tuneup?

Aeron Wickes, MD

Aeron Wickes, MD

Is your car in better shape than you are?
If you’re like most people in Southern California, you rely on your car to get you from point A to point B. So it’s important to keep your car in good condition.

Unfortunately, most men aren’t as conscious about maintaining their health. Studies show that men are less likely to schedule an annual physical or get recommended screening services that can detect illnesses early, while they’re easier to treat.

The leading causes of death among U.S. males are cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, accidents, and depression and suicide. While we can’t control disease risk factors like age and family history, we can make lifestyle changes that can go a long way towards ensuring a longer and healthier life.

Schedule a routine preventive exam with your Primary Care Physician. You wouldn’t skip your car’s scheduled maintenance, would you? During this all-important exam your PCP will
• Review your family health history and current health status
• Conduct a physical exam
• Order additional screening tests if needed
• Work with you to develop a plan for better health going forward.

Change your diet. Increase your intake of lean protein, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat more frequent, smaller meals. Cut down on processed carbohydrates such as white breads, pastas, and foods made with added sugars.

To reduce your risk of cancer, quit smoking and avoid exposure to secondhand smoke and air pollution. Always use sunscreen when you’re outdoors, regardless of whether your complexion is light or dark or the sky is clear or cloudy. Be sure to choose sunscreen with at least SPF15 and that offers broad spectrum (both UVA and UVB) protection.

Reduce your chances of having an accident. Practice safe driving habits and workplace safety, check your home and office for proper lighting and tripping hazards, and avoid excess alcohol or the use of illegal or illicit drugs.

Recognize signs of depression and suicide. If you’re constantly feeling any of the following: overwhelmed; sad; unfulfilled; angry; guilty; worthless; pessimistic; hopeless; restless or agitated; that no one cares about you; or that life is not worth living, see your doctor or mental health professional. He or she can work with you to develop a treatment plan that may include various therapies and/or medications. If you’re in crisis, contact a suicide crisis center hotline.

Dr. Aeron Wickes is a family Practice Physician in Graybill Medical Group’s Sabre Springs Office. He treats patients ages 18 and above and welcomes new patients.

adv_graybilllogoGraybill Medical Group – Sabre Springs Office
12650 Sabre Springs Parkway, Suite 204 | San Diego, CA 92128
Phone: 858.679.9262
Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.