Time for WOF check
Blokes should stop being staunch when it comes to their health, Men’s Health Trust medical director Dr Graeme Washer says.
Washer is encouraging men to use Men’s Health Week as a time to be proactive and visit their doctor for an annual checkup, as well as taking steps to improve their longterm health and well-being.
‘‘A lot of men have the attitude ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it’,’’ he says. This needs to change, he says. ‘‘Health professionals, like me, see these guys when the wheels come off. We then have to scrape them up off the floor when things are much more difficult.’’
Washer says the thought of having a prostate exam is still putting men off going to their GP.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ recommends men undergo an annual prostate specific antigen blood test and digital rectal exam from the age of 45 or from the age of 40 for high-risk groups.
Washer says there are key things for men to consider to improve their health and well-being: Eat less and eat smarter Do a combination of load-bearing and aerobic exercise three times a week for 30 minutes
Find a ‘‘coach’’ who can provide advice and positive encouragement – this could be a GP, nurse or other health professional.
Go to menshealthweek.co.nz to calculate your annual health score using the Men’s Health Week tool. Visit greencrosshealth.co.nz to find your nearest participating Life, Unichem or Amcal pharmacy.