Men’s Health Month – The importance of your annual physical activity McLaren Health Care News

There are many things that men can do without. The annual review is not one of them.

Author: Liz Kovacs

Getting an annual checkup is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Unfortunately, men are known to delay this simple but crucial medical examination. “There are many things that men can do without. An annual checkup is not one of them, ”said Dr. Michael DiGiovanni, a family medicine practitioner at McLaren Lapeer Region – Brown City Health Center.

That is why everyone should take seriously their annual physical activity:

  • An annual checkup is key to preventing a future health problem.

  • An annual checkup is an opportunity to find a major health problem that you may not have realized affects your daily life.
  • Physically strengthen your bond between you and your doctor.
  • Your doctor may review and renew the necessary medications.

A blood test is often performed as part of an annual check-up and shows your doctor areas where you may be deficient, potential risk factors for disease, and more. A blood test is also considered:

Blood pressure screening

“Your blood pressure is the force of the blood that presses against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood,” said Dr. Giovanni.

Blood pressure is measured by two numbers: upper number (systolic) and lower number (diastolic). The ideal blood pressure is 120 to 80.

If the upper number is between 120 and 139, or the lower is between 80 and 89, you should check your blood pressure every year.

If the upper number is 130 or more or the lower is 80 or more, make an appointment with your provider to learn how you can lower your blood pressure.

Cholesterol screening

“Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is found in your cells and is often determined by heredity,” said Dr. Giovanni.

There are “good” and “bad” cholesterol. Your body automatically produces “good” cholesterol. However, poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyles can cause “bad” cholesterol.

The ideal cholesterol is 200 mg / dl. Cholesterol is considered high at 240 mg / dl.

Diabetes screening

This screening measures your glucose or blood sugar levels. Blood sugar comes from the food you eat and is the main source of energy for your body.

Blood sugar levels of 99 mg / dl or lower are normal. 100 to 125 mg / dl indicates prediabetes. A level of 126 mg / dl or higher means that the person is diabetic.

Screening for heart disease

An annual blood test or electrocardiogram (ECG) is important to identify potential heart problems.

If you are a man aged 45 or over, your doctor may also recommend the following check-ups:

Lung cancer screening

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. However, if detected in its early stages, lung cancer is more treatable. “We know that routine checkups save lives,” said Dr. Shalini Tutredi, an oncologist at McLaren Lapeer Region. “Advocate for your health and talk to your primary care provider to determine if lung cancer screening is right for you.”

Click here for more information on eligibility for lung cancer screening. You can schedule an appointment with a lung cancer specialist by visiting

Colorectal screening

Colorectal screening is recommended for men starting at age 45 to check for polyps or cancer. Call the Karmanos Cancer Institute in McLaren Lapeer Region at (800)527-6266 for information on how to obtain a colorectal screening kit.

Osteoporosis screening

Osteoporosis screening is a simple X-ray that determines bone mass.

Prostate screening

Prostate screening is recommended for men starting at age 45 to be tested for prostate cancer.

Skin cancer screening

During a skin cancer screening, your healthcare provider will check your skin for abnormalities, which may include abnormal color, texture, or scarring. If an abnormality is found, a biopsy may be recommended.

Click here for a complete list of screening and prevention services offered by the Karmanos Cancer Institute.

If you need a primary care provider, call (810) 667-5714 for a referral to a doctor. Dr. Giovanni is currently admitting new patients to Brown City.

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