How even busy executives can make health and wellness a priorityAppeared in Smart Business Orange County | June 2010
Real men do get sick. However, their reluctance to seek medical care on a timely basis can take a toll — helping to explain the longevity gap with women outliving men by 5 to 10 years.
If men took better care of themselves, they would lengthen their life spans. Reasons for pushing aside their health needs include not being able to take time away from work duties, inertia, feeling invulnerable and out of control of the situation, or a macho stereotype that believes consulting a doctor is a sign of weakness.
What can men do to improve their health?
How serious is the situation?
When do problems arise?
What steps should be taken?
Why are checkups so important?
You can no longer dodge the doctor when faced with serious problems such as shortness of breath and chest pain. Some of the most prevalent medical conditions men face as they age can be cured or controlled if caught early. For example, diseases like diabetes partly result from an unhealthy lifestyle aggravated by stress, which can be controlled by adopting healthier habits.
What about gender-specific diseases?
Where should I start?
Make prevention part of your business. Collaborate with hospitals and physicians by offering health programs, preventive techniques and screenings at your site or a convenient location. MemorialCare’s business outreach programs include executive physicals and onsite seminars. Our Web site (memorialcare.org) offers free online tools, calculators, guides and referrals to physicians that can help you and your work force reach the goal of a healthier life.
If any of this advice rings true, make that appointment now. If someone you know needs to make that appointment, pass this page along to them.
Brian Henry, M.D., is a board-certified internal medicine physician at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills. Frank Marino, M.D., is a family physician and medical director for Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley. The not-for-profit MemorialCare Health System includes Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills and San Clemente. For additional information on excellence in health care, please visit memorialcare.org.
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