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Men's Health Week
June 14, 2013

Eyewitness News Reporter Darrah Wilcox With Father's Day coming up this weekend, doctors say now is the time for men to make health a priority.

As part of National Men's Health week, experts encourage men to be proactive in living a healthier life. That can be as simple as just going in for a checkup.

"We get routine blood work to make sure a patient's cholesterol looks okay, make sure that their blood sugar, their electrolytes, kidney and liver function, seem to be okay," Dr. Marc Hettlinger with Cabell Huntington Hospital Family Medical Center said.

Doctors can identify chronic diseases earlier, and then lay out treatment options.

"The biggest things we have to deal with are blood pressure problems, cholesterol problems, blood sugar problems, diabetes," Hettlinger said.

They not only handle those types of ongoing chronic medical conditions, but also screen men for other sorts of diseases, like prostate cancer or colon cancer.

"I try to make my patients feel as comfortable as possible you know understanding that most men don't like to come to the doctor, and if you recognize that fact and try to cater to that, then I think that that makes it easier to be seen on a regular, more frequent basis," he said.

Here are five ways you can get on track to better health:

1.) Get more sleep
2.) Exercise more
3.) Tame stress
4.) Eat healthy foods
5.) Toss out tobacco


Just take that first step by going in for a simple checkup. "Whether it just be one visit a year to make sure things look good, you're on track with general screening protocol, I think making that time for yourself and making that priority is probably the most important thing we can stress," Hettlinger said.

More tips from the Centers for Disease Control can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/men/nmhw/.


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