Men’s Health Month – The Importance of Your Physical Year McLaren Health Care News

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

Author: Liz Kovac

Getting a physical year is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Unfortunately, men are notorious for rejecting this simple but key medical examination. “There are a lot of things that men can do without. Physical year is not one of them, ”said Dr. Michael DiGiovanni, a family medicine physician at McLaren Lapeer Region – Brown City Health Center.

Here’s why everyone should take the physical year seriously:

  • Exercising every year is key to preventing future health problems.

  • Physical age is an opportunity to detect underlying health problems that you didn’t realize were affecting your daily life.
  • A physique strengthens the relationship between you and your doctor.
  • Your doctor may review and update your medication.

A blood test is often done within a physical year and shows areas where your doctor may have a deficiency, potential risk factors for disease, and so on. Blood tests also apply to:

Blood pressure analysis

“Your blood pressure is the force that the blood pushes against the wall of the arteries, while the heart pumps blood,” Dr. DiGiovanni said.

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

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

If the number above is 130 or higher or if the number below is 80 or higher, make an appointment with your provider to find out how to reduce your blood pressure.

Cholesterol screening

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

Cholesterol is “good” and “bad”. Your body automatically produces “good” cholesterol. However, poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle can lead to “bad” cholesterol.

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

Diabetes screening

This test measures the level of glucose or blood sugar. Blood sugar comes from the foods you eat and is your body’s main source of energy.

Blood sugar levels of 99 mg / dl or less are normal. 100 to 125 mg / dl indicates pre-diabetes. 126 mg / dl or higher means a person is diabetic.

Screening for heart disease

Performing an annual blood test or electrocardiogram (ECG) is important to determine potential heart problems.

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

Screening for lung cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. However, if detected in the early stages, lung cancer is more curable. “We know that regular performances save lives,” said Dr. Shalini Thoutreddy, a McLaren Lapeer Regional oncologist. “Defend your health and talk to your primary care provider to determine if your lung cancer screening is appropriate.”

Click here for more information on lung cancer screening. You can make an appointment with a lung cancer specialist at

Colorectal screening

A colorectal screening is recommended for men starting at age 45 to see polyps or cancers. Call the McLaren Lapeer Regional Karmanos Cancer Institute at (80000527-6266 to find out how you can get a color screen 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 check for prostate cancer.

Screening for skin cancer

In the event of a skin cancer screening, your healthcare provider may check the skin for any abnormalities in coloring, texture, or marks. If an abnormality is detected, a biopsy may be recommended.

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

If you need a primary care provider, call (810) 667-5714 to request a doctor’s referral. Dr. DiGiovanni is admitting new patients to Brown City.


Leave a Comment