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If you don’t know the name of your primary care physician (PCP) or need regular nudging to make an appointment, it might be time to reconnect. Many men put off checkups too easily – especially when they’re feeling well. But making men’s health a priority offers major benefits.

Head Off Problems 
Taking steps to prevent disease is far easier than treating it. And catching problems early is the key to good outcomes. That’s why regular checkups with your PCP are so important.

“Primary care visits are not just for temporary aches and pains. They can help you achieve greater long-term health and wellbeing,” explains Christopher Batchelor, MD, internal medicine physician.

Chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes often develop slowly over time. And many men never experience symptoms. By getting routine checkups, potential health concerns can be addressed before they become real problems. 

“Sometimes we avoid going to the doctor because we don’t want to know if something is wrong,” says Richard Berardi, DO, internal medicine physician. “But knowing is always better and regular doctor visits can actually put your mind at ease. Don’t let fear get in the way.”

Keep Up to Date on Screenings
One way PCPs help identify problems early is through health screenings, such as a blood tests for cholesterol, blood pressure check, or electrocardiograms (EKGs) for cardiovascular disease.

Your PCP may recommend screening for other issues, including: 

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Testicular cancer
  • Prostate health
  • Depression
  • Skin cancer
  • Colorectal cancer

Focus on Prevention
If a health issue occurs, your PCP at Summit Health will use a multispecialty approach to care for all your medical and emotional needs. This means you can be connected with specialty care throughout our group—from nutritional services to pain management. However, our primary focus is on helping you prevent the problem from occurring in the first place.

“The good news is that many health issues can be prevented with diet and lifestyle changes,” says Dr. Berardi. Here are a few tips for prevention:

  • Stay hydrated. Water is best.
  • Eat a mostly plant-based diet and avoid processed foods.
  • Move more for better cardiovascular health. Try to get your heart rate up every day.

“As providers and caregivers, men owe it to their families to be at their best both physically and mentally,” reminds Dr. Batchelor. “Make your health a priority.”