Men: let the Olympic Games inspire your health goals

August 5, 2021

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games — amid a global pandemic — captures the resilience and resourcefulness of humanity.

The efforts of the athletes are inspiring. We’d love to bottle their spirit to help achieve our own health goals.

What are the goals in men’s health? In this overview, we look at the:

  • general health concerns to get on top of
  • specific health concerns unique to men.

Men’s health issues — in general

Sometimes, men put off consulting a GP for health concerns because they:

  • minimise their health concerns or believe in ‘toughing it out’
  • can’t afford the inconvenience and time involved
  • are afraid that the problem is bad

But picking up potential health issues early leads to the best health outcomes.

Here are some screening tests men might need to stay on top of their health:

  • Heart health check — once every 2 years once you’re over 45, or over 35 if you’re Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Can involve:
    • questions about your lifestyle and family
    • blood pressure check
    • blood cholesterol test
  • Diabetes— a fasting blood sugar test every 1-3 years, depending on your level of risk.
  • Hearing and eyesight
  • Bowel cancer — doctors recommend a stool sample test every two years if you’re over 50.
  • Skin cancer— see your GP regularly for a full-body skin check, especially if you work outside, or have a history of skin cancer.
  • Depression and anxiety — this has been a hard year for so many. You might feel down, irritable or angry. And you might have lost interest in things you usually enjoy. If you feel any of these things, talk to your doctor.

Want to know how healthy you are? Request a pathology referral.

Men’s health issues — the specifics

Men have distinctive physiology and anatomy. These physical and chemical differences explain the range of health problems men may encounter.

Men need specific health care for things like:

InstantScripts® can help you with treatments, consults and referrals for all your health concerns.

Men’s health tips

Remember:

Talking is healthy: You can always talk with a trusted friend or physician.

No man is an island. You are not alone if you have health problems. And getting help will also benefit those who support and care about you.

Knowledge is power. If you know about potential problems, you can find ways to help manage them. Or avoid them altogether. Check out quality information sources like:

The motto for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games is faster, higher, stronger… together. Let’s make this the motto for men’s health, too.

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