Men: Let’s Do This!
It doesn’t matter what age you are — being healthier is a decision that you as a man can make (and should!) Here’s how to start:
Look yourself in the mirror. That’s a great suggestion, both literally and figuratively. How is your weight? How is your work? How is your life at home? A lifestyle that’s balanced both physically and emotionally — from weight to stress, the number of hours you sleep to the number of hours you relax and enjoy with your family, even how often you laugh — can add years to your life.
You are what you eat. A well-balanced diet that’s full of nutrition will not only help reduce any unhealthy weight you may carry, but can also improve your energy levels and reduce the chances you’ll develop more serious conditions — from high cholesterol, to diabetes, to many types of cancer.
Get screened. As men age, regular screenings for colon cancer, prostate cancer and health disease become increasingly important. Don’t ignore the few simple tests that will keep you in the know regarding your health.
Work with your physician. Before you start improving your health (and we know you’re excited to begin), be sure to consult with a physician. Not only is it important to have a goal, it’s vital to know where you’re starting and the best ways to get there.
Are you ready to get healthier? Let’s Do This!
Men’s Health Center
Cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, stroke, and diabetes are among the leading causes of death for American men. The risk of developing these conditions can be reduced with the combination of a healthy lifestyle and regular medical care. Many disorders, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, are “silent” illnesses and do not cause telltale symptoms that may prompt a doctor’s visit.
Routine checkups and screenings are critical for detecting hidden problems and staying healthy. It is best to try and detect and address medical problems in their early stages, when many conditions are more treatable and less threatening to overall health. Seeing a doctor for age-appropriate screenings and establishing a preventive healthcare plan may even reduce the number of visits you have to make to a doctor’s office in the long run.
Speak with your doctor about the right method of screening for you. The age at which you begin screening depends on several things, including family history and your personal health profile. You and your doctor will decide which screening method is best for you. For more information about the important issues and guidelines for men’s health, review our online Men’s Health library.
Almost two million men in the United States experience urine control issues. Causes of incontinence for men can include:
- Enlargement of the prostate
- Narrowing of the urethra due to scar tissue
- Older Age
- Bladder Stones
- Frequent Bladder Infections
To receive the best possible treatment, it’s important to talk openly and honestly with your physician or urologist. Your physician will review your complete medical history and may recommend a physical exam, urinalysis, and other tests. Whatever the results are, you have many options for surgical and non-surgical treatment for this condition.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) can affect men of all ages, although it’s more common among older men. It’s normal for men to occasionally experience ED. However, if the problem becomes chronic, it can adversely affect relationships, emotional health, and self-esteem. Causes of ED may include:
- Medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or depression
- Tobacco use
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Side effects of medications
- Injury to nerves or blood vessels
- Emotional issues such as stress or relationship problems
ED may also be a symptom of an underlying health condition. If ED becomes an ongoing problem, talk with your doctor. The good news for men with ED is that there are many medical and surgical treatments available for restoring erections and intimacy.
The prostate is a male reproductive gland. It surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine passes out of the body. As men get older, most experience prostate enlargement, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). As the gland grows, it can press on the urethra and cause urination and bladder problems. An enlarged prostate isn’t cancer, and it doesn’t raise the risk of developing prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer is a malignant tumor that originates in the prostate gland. As with any cancer, if it’s advanced or left untreated in early stages, it may spread to other organs. Risk factors for prostate cancer are age, family history, and ethnicity. Prostate cancer occurs almost exclusively in men older than age 40 and most often after age 50. Having one family member with prostate cancer doubles a man’s own risk, and having three family members increases risk by 11 times. Additionally, male hormones, particularly testosterone, may play a role in the development or aggressiveness of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer usually causes no symptoms in the early stages. As the malignancy spreads, it may constrict the urethra and cause urinary problems. Later-stage urinary symptoms may include:
- Blood in the urine
- Frequent urination, especially at night
- Inability to urinate
- Interruption of urinary stream (stopping and starting)
- Pain or burning during urination
- Weak urinary stream
Although advanced prostate cancer can cause these symptoms, they’re more commonly caused by BPH and other noncancerous conditions, such as inflammation or infection of the prostate gland. Men ages 40 to 75 should talk with their doctor about an annual prostate cancer screening.
Treatment for prostate conditions is based on the severity of symptoms, the extent to which they affect daily life, and the presence of any other medical conditions. Discuss treatment options with your doctor or urologist.
Digestive & Colon Health
Stomach pain and discomfort can be a frequent part of your day, but it doesn’t have to. In fact, it shouldn’t. Digestive issues can be minor, like indigestion, to severe, like colon cancer, and encompass disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. These ailments tend to be complex, but often have subtle symptoms that most of us brush off.
Digestive disorders often require a physician’s assessment to truly determine the cause and proper treatment. Examples can include:
Most digestive diseases are very complex, with subtle symptoms, and the causes of many remain unknown. They may be inherited or develop from multiple factors such as stress, fatigue, diet, or smoking. Abusing alcohol imposes the greatest risk for digestive diseases.
Reaching a diagnosis requires a thorough and accurate medical history and physical examination. Some patients may need to undergo more extensive diagnostic evaluations, including lab tests, endoscopic procedures, and imaging techniques.
If your stomach pain has been keeping you from doing things you love, we can help. Let’s Do This!
Being active can mean suffering sports related injuries. It happens. Sometimes you run a little too hard, or bike a little too far. You could sustain an injury on the job or on the golf course. Regardless of where it happens, we want to help you when it does.
Our team of nationally recognized athletic trainers helps prevent, assess, treat and rehabilitate injuries that result from physical activity. They are professionals recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health specialists in the field of sports medicine. In other words, if you’re hurt, they can help fix it.
In addition, we have an expert team of orthopedic specialists who can assist with surgical interventions when necessary. Rest assured that whether it’s an ankle issue, a shoulder replacement, or anything in between, our physicians have got your back.
Let us help with:
- Injury evaluation and prevention
- Pre- and post-operative rehabilitation
- Return-to-Sport program
- Throwing and gait biomechanical analysis
- Golf posture and swing biomechanical analysis
- Development of strength, conditioning and flexibility programs
- Athletic training services for local high schools and youth sports leagues
- Community education events
- First Aid and emergency care
- Bracing and footwear recommendations
If you want to improve your athletic performance or just need help getting started, we can help. Let’s Do This!
If you have diabetes, you know how life altering it can be. Our first priority is to reduce your risk of getting this disease by encouraging you to exercise and watch your diet. If you’ve already been diagnosed — we can help make life just a little bit easier.
Whether you’re newly diagnosed or someone who’s been living with the condition for a while, find out what you can do to keep your diabetes under control. And take a look at how diabetes can affect vital organs in the body such as the eyes, the heart and blood vessels, the kidneys, and the nerves. Research demonstrates that taking preventive action impacts the progression of this disease.
Through a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals knowledgeable in all aspects of diabetes care, the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is an excellent way to:
Fort HealthCare’s Diabetes Education Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association, assuring that you receive the best, most up-to-date diabetes management information. We know diabetes management and want to help make it easier on you. Let’s Do This!
You know that it is better for you and your family to eat healthy, nutrient dense foods. But, sometimes it’s hard to know what that means. You don’t have to become a vegetarian to eat a healthy diet, although you may need to put some thought into your meals to make sure you are getting the best variety.
Fort HealthCare Nutrition Services team offers a multidisciplinary team approach, with staff experienced in a variety of highly specialized diagnostic and treatment areas. Registered dietitians can assist with:
- Planning and developing healthy eating guideline
- Nutrition education Recommendations on tube feedings
- Post-hospitalization nutrition instruction
- Follow-up care for long-term nutritional needs
- Consultation to patients
Avoid the drive-thru in favor of the slow cooker. Cancel your reservations and cook with the family. Forget the carryout in favor of the produce aisle. We can help. Let’s Do This!
Stress. We all have it. It’s what pushes us to make a deadline or perform well in a big game. But it can also make us feel like we have a tremendous weight on our shoulders when we’ve got too much to bear. Chronic stress can lead to negative consequences like weight gain, trouble sleeping, depression, high blood pressure, infertility, irritable bowel syndrome and diabetes. Just thinking about what stress can cause is enough to stress you out.
During stressful times, your body produces various chemicals, including cortisol, an immune-suppressing hormone. The more cortisol produced, the weaker your immune cells become and the more susceptible you are to illness.
Don’t worry. We’re here to help.
Recognizing the symptoms of stress in your life is one step toward managing it. We’ve put together a comprehensive resource center to help you limit unnecessary stress in your life. Take a breath and see how it can help. Let’s Do This!
Losing weight or maintaining your optimal weight can be a challenge, there is no doubt about it. This much you know: The more body fat you have and the more you weigh, the higher your risk for health problems, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
But with a busy schedule and little time to fit in exercise and healthy eating, how do you begin your weight loss journey? The first step is to find your motivation. Which is more important to you — being able to wear the jeans you wore five years ago, or being able to move better, have more energy and improve your health? Once you know the answer, you can put our wealth of resources to good use.
- Find out your BMI
- How many calories do you burn?
- How much should you be eating each day?
- Simple behavior changes that make a big difference
- What’s your target heart rate?
Losing just five to ten percent of your body weight can lower your chances of developing heart disease or having a stroke. Modest weight loss can also help prevent diabetes. Let’s Do This!
Substance abuse is a pattern of substance (drug) use that causes significant problems or distress, such as failure to attend work or school, substance use in dangerous situations (driving a car), substance-related legal problems, or continued substance use that interferes with friendships and/or family relationships.
Alcohol and tobacco are two of the most often abused substances, but others, like street drugs, prescription drugs, or inhalants are also common. If you feel you have a problem with substance abuse, don’t be ashamed. You are certainly not alone. Standing up to your addiction means admitting you can use some help – and that’s OK. We are here for you.
Depending on your situation and needs, Fort HealthCare Behavioral Health center can provide individual, family or group counseling to help your loved ones overcome both physical and emotional problems.
Not sure if you have a problem?
A variety of recovery programs for substance abuse are available in the area. Programs considered are usually based on the type of substance abused. Detoxification and long-term follow-up management or recovery-oriented systems of care are important features of successful treatment. We can help. Let’s Do This!
Fort HealthCare Behavioral Health Center is here for you and your family when you need help. Our convenient location provides a comprehensive outpatient program of assessment, counseling and treatment available to help you and those you care about work through mental illness and substance abuse.
Developed for adults and youth, Fort HealthCare Behavioral Health Center focuses on the destructiveness of addiction and mental illness. Depending on your situation and needs, Fort HealthCare Behavioral Health Center can provide individual, family or group counseling to help your loved ones overcome both physical and emotional problems. Our services help with:
- Social Skills and behavioral management
- Eating disorders
- Anxiety and stress disorders
- Family and relationship problems
- Sexual Identity
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Emotional, physical, and sexual abuse
- Career-related difficulties
- Grief Counseling
Your mental health is critically important to quality of life. If you need someone to talk to, we can help. Let’s Do This!
You know that eating right and staying active are vital to your health and well being. Not only does exercise help prevent or limit many health problems, it can even minimize the effects of aging. Regular exercise (3 or more times per week for at least 30 minutes) is good for your body — and your mind. It reduces your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. And, it boosts your mood.
Exercise is anything that gets you moving, from vigorous household chores to briskly walking the dog. Try to do something active every day. Your workout should include both aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises.
If you need some inspiration, try a few of these:
- Stretch and Flex: Stretching after your workout will help keep you flexible, an important part of being fit.
- Build Endurance and Strength: A balanced fitness program includes aerobic exercise for endurance and exercises to increase muscle strength.
- Walk: Walking is a great way to get exercise because it’s safe, easy to do and inexpensive.
- Run and Jog: When increasing how far you run or jog, do so gradually, over several weeks.
- Try Something New: Exercise comes in many forms, from swimming to skiing. Variety can help keep you motivated.
- Join a challenge: Throughout the year we offer a variety of activity related challenges to help motivate you in your fitness endeavors.
If an injury — old or new — is keeping you on the sidelines, our Therapy & Sport Center or Orthopaedic Associates teams can provide the care you need to get back on track. What are you waiting for? Let’s Do This!
Healthcare systems are changing their focus from solely treating sickness and disease to a system that is focused on wellness and prevention. Focusing on prevention in our communities will help improve everyone’s overall health, quality of life, and prosperity. Doing so creates healthier homes, workplaces, schools and communities so that people can live long, productive and independent lives — and reduce healthcare costs.
Here are some guidelines for good preventive healthcare practices:
- Screening tests and vaccinations. An important part of preventive care. Get regular checkups, preventive examinations, and immunizations. Do not forget self-examinations, too. Find out which tests and immunizations are recommended by age group and gender, using these guidelines, and discuss a disease prevention plan with your doctor.
- Be informed. Learn about health promotion and disease prevention and ask your physician for specific information regarding your needs.
- Avoid illegal drugs and alcohol. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines a drink as one 5-ounce glass of wine, one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. Remember that the alcohol content of each type of drink can vary widely. Where illicit drugs are concerned, there is no such thing as “moderate” use.
- Take medicine wisely. Read the labels, follow the instructions carefully, and remind your doctor or pharmacist about any other medicines or supplements you might be taking that could interact with your medication. If you have any questions about possible side effects, call your doctor or pharmacist.
- Play it safe. Avoid injuries. Buckle up. Wear a bike helmet. Use smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Wear sunscreen and UV protected sunglasses. Use street smarts and common sense. Practice safe sex.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in our country.
- Eat smart. It is the secret to good health. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Enjoy a variety of foods, balance foods from each food group, and exercise moderation.
- Get moving. The other secret to good health: just 30-60 minutes of physical activity, accumulated over the course of each day, can radically improve the way you look and feel, both physically and mentally.
- Be happy. Take time for yourself. Get connected with family, friends, and community. Do things you enjoy!
We believe that a lack of insurance should never prevent someone from getting quality healthcare. After all, we can’t be the healthiest community in Wisconsin if we can’t provide care to everyone. That’s where LiveWell-Community Program comes in.
The program is free for eligible participants and includes, on an annual basis:
- Fasting lipid panel
- Glucose screening
- Biometrics assessment
- One hour, one-on-one coaching session with a Fort HealthCare clinician
- Health risk assessment
- Monthly Health365 eNewsletter
- Wellness challenges
- Cerner Health account to access personal health-related information.
The goals of the LiveWell-Community Program are:
- To allow participants access to basic wellness care
- Introduce community members to Fort HealthCare and Cerner Health
- Provide information on: how to best utilize services, like when to use emergency or urgent care and when to make an appointment for primary care
- Completing a Personal Heath Assessment and having results reviewed and explained by a health care professional
- Providing wellness coaching to encourage healthier choices
- Educating individuals about health risks associated with lab, biometric and health assessment results.
To become a member of the LiveWell-Community Program, interested persons will receive a brochure and lab slip from a participating organization, such as Fort HealthCare Community Health & Wellness, Rock River Free Clinic, Workforce Development, Health & Human Services or other affiliated organizations.