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Men's Health

Dr. Marie's Stay-Well Checklist for Men


Listen up, ladies. This article is for the man you love but it’s also for you. Study after study has shown that men are less likely to take good care of their health than women are and that they are also less likely to heed symptoms and get annual check-ups. A corollary of those trends is that women are typically the family watchdogs when it comes to making sure that not only the kids but also the man of the house stay healthy.

Hint: Print out this article and leave it on the nightstand on his side of the bed. He just might sneak a read and get smarter about wellness. And even if he doesn’t start taking charge, you’ll know how to nudge him. Oh, and our expert for the advice you’re about to read, Marie Savard, M.D., is not only Medical Contributor to “Good Morning America” and the author most recently of “Ask Dr. Marie,” but she also had a private practice for many years that included male patients. “When I was in medical school, I decided to become an internist—a family doctor who could take care of both men and women,” she says. “I wanted to focus on women’s health down the road, but I felt that it was very important for me to understand men’s needs because women are so often involved in men’s care.”

Dr. Marie recommends that every man should have the following tests:

A physical every three to five years including:
Examination of the skin over the entire body
Blood pressure check
Height, weight, and waist circumference. (The ideal waist circumference for men is less than thirty-seven inches or at least under forty inches. Waist size is considered the new vital sign along with temperature, pulse, and blood pressure, and it’s especially important for men because they are at risk for heart disease if they carry a lot of belly fat.)
Blood work
Mental health assessment
Cardiovascular risk assessmant

A testicular exam annually and an awareness of the symptoms of testicular cancer. This cancer is rare but it most often strikes males between the ages of 15 and 35. Very often, men find the disease themselves. According to the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms can include:
•    A lump or enlargement in either testicle
•    A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
•    A dull ache in the abdomen or groin
•    A sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum
•    Pain or discomfort in a testicle or the scrotum
•    Enlargement or tenderness of the breasts
•    Unexplained fatigue or a general feeling of not being well