Listen up, guys. Men are more likely to avoid talking about health. But wellness doesn’t have to be overwhelming. See our top tips for navigating common men’s health concerns.

Wellness doesn’t have to be overwhelming. See our top tips for navigating common men’s health concerns.

It’s no surprise to hear that men typically avoid talking about wellness. Sound like you? You’re not alone. Studies confirm that men are more likely to avoid talking about health… and even visiting the doctor altogether. Men’s health often gets buried beneath work, family, and life’s other obligations. But wellness doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Novara is here to help you handle that topic you’ve been avoiding—your health.

Man standing in creek fishing, working on his physical and mental health

Look to Novara to help you establish a few health baselines to become the best version of yourself.

We’ve rounded up some of the most common wellness worries men face today.

Screenings

When it comes to health screenings, many patients aren’t sure where to start. Don’t worry—we tailor suggestions based on your unique health history. As men age, cardiovascular health takes higher priority. That’s why for most men, we recommend cardiac imaging, cholesterol screening, and blood pressure testing. You might be surprised to learn that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States. Fortunately, preventive screenings can help detect minor issues before they become major setbacks.

When it comes to screenings, keep it simple. Schedule an annual physical that includes cardiovascular screenings, and if advised, colon and prostate screenings. Use the time to ask about any new concerns — diet and weight, mental health, and more. If something is physically ailing you or weighing on your mind, don’t wait. Reach out to your doctor and take a proactive approach to health.

Wellness Inside and Out

We won’t sugar coat it: Talking about colon and prostate health can be uncomfortable. But more men should be having the conversation. That’s because the risk of developing colon and prostate cancers increases exponentially with age.

Colon and prostate screening guidelines vary based on your family and personal health history. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises men to begin screening for colorectal and prostate cancer in their 50s. Some groups recommend starting earlier, in your 40s. Our personalized approach to healthcare can help you determine the right timeline for testing.

Ever hear the saying, “Go with your gut?” That old adage holds more weight than you think! Gut health is vital to a healthy colon and overall wellness. To avoid colon inflammation, we generally advise a diet low in animal fats and high in fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts. Drink alcohol only occasionally and in small amounts, exercise regularly, and avoid smoking.

It’s never too late to change your habits. Let Novara know your goals so we can monitor how diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes are affecting your overall health.

Talk About the Tough Stuff

It’s easy to get caught up in cultural pressures. Clock a full workday. Drive the kids to extracurriculars. Hit the gym. Be present as a partner. Maintain a fulfilling social life. Keep the house in order... the list goes on! Do you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day? Waking in the middle of the night? Let your doctor know.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) notes that men are less likely to talk about their feelings and seek help. Anxiety, depression, and stress don’t discriminate—these issues affect both men and women of all ages and backgrounds. It’s important to remember that mental health requires just as much attention as physical health.

The next time you feel overwhelmed, take a pause to evaluate. Are you eating nutritional meals? Are you sleeping enough? Participating in hobbies you love? It’s okay to take time to yourself, even something as simple as a short walk. At Novara, we’ll talk about ways to integrate fitness into your daily routine. We’ll discuss strategies to reduce stress and make wellness work for your schedule. We believe that intentionally working on your mental well-being produces real results.

Screenings, lifestyle adjustments, and self-care set the foundation for increased health and happiness.

You don’t have to handle it all on your own. Novara can help map your path toward becoming a healthier husband, father, or provider. We’re ready to support each step of your wellness journey in every stage of life.