Avera Medical Minute: Men’s Health Awareness Month

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Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 1:37 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Men’s Health Awareness Month is a reminder to focus on some of the little things that may be overlooked. Avera Family Medicine Physician Dr. Chad Thury says one of the biggest challenges is getting men to go to the doctor, but a lot of good can come from regular visits. Depending on age- screening for high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancerous ailments all become more important.

“Blood pressure I think a lot of guys don’t even think about,” said Dr. Thury.

One of the best tools is prevention Dr. Thury says. Eating healthy, aiming for 30 minutes of moderate activity daily, and resistance training for two days a week.

Physical health dominates the attention, but mental health also is prevalent during this month of awareness. Part of a checkup in a clinic includes screening for depression and anxiety on patients at least once a year. For Dr. Thury, he says staff has discovered alcohol use to increase over the past year coupled with the pandemic adding that, “It’s hard to control some of the other chronic medical conditions that guys have if we’re not controlling the mental health side of things.”

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