Medical experts say that men tend to face different health care challenges than women. And one of the top problems is that they just don’t go to the doctor.

June is national Men’s Health Month, a great time to think about what men can do to improve and protect their health.

According to the Center for Disease Control, women are 100 percent more likely than men to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventative services. Men also are significantly less likely than women to have health insurance.

Staying healthy

There are a few things that men can do to keep yourself feeling your best.
– Eat a healthy diet. A balanced diet with fruits, vegetables and lower levels of saturated fat can reduce your risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.
– Keep your weight under control. Obesity puts you at higher risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke: conditions that are among the top causes of death for men.
– Work out. Exercise of all types, even as little as 30 minutes a day, will keep your body and heart in better condition.
– Take the time to be safe. Men are more likely than women to die in motor vehicle incidents, machine-related injuries and falls. Quit smoking and follow safety rules. Wear a motorcycle and bicycle helmet and fasten your seat belt.
– Talk to your doctor about health screenings. Regular exams and tests for high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, diabetes sexually transmitted diseases and cancer of the skin, prostate and colon can help save your life by helping you catch problems early on.

Get insured

Even if you’re generally healthy and haven’t visited a doctor in years, having health insurance is an important part of protecting your health. There are a number of reasons why it pays to have health insurance:
– You’ll pay less. Health insurance companies negotiate with providers to lower the cost of your care.
– You won’t miss out on preventative care. Yearly physicals and screenings are generally offered for free or lower costs.
– A medical emergency won’t lead put you in debt. If something catastrophic happens, your medical bills won’t lead to a financial disaster.

Contact Graber & Associates to learn more about health insurance plans to cover yourself or your entire family. We can help you select a plan to meet your needs.