Time for WOF check

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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 long-term 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.

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: Eat less and eat smarter Do a com­bi­na­tion of load­bear­ing 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.

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