Carla Hay-Perdue, DNP, APRN, FNP, ANP-BC, NC-BC
Community Education Coordinator/ Family Nurse Practitioner at Palo Pinto General Hospital
June 14, 2022
June is Men’s Health Month. The goal is to encourage boys and men to change their overall health by implementing healthy decisions. It is the perfect time to remind men that prevention, early detection, and treatment are essential to prevent or manage chronic health problems.
Leading chronic conditions:
- Heart Disease. It remains the number 1 killer of both men and women. One out of every four men dies each year from heart disease. One hundred and sixty-three men died from heart disease in Palo Pinto County between 2017-2019 (CDC stats). This number puts us above the state and national average.
- Cancer. Cancer is the number 2 killer of men. Prostate cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer are the top three cancers diagnosed in men in the US each year. Testicular cancer is not common, but the incidence is increasing. Testicular cancer is primarily a disease in young and middle-aged men. Still, about 6% of the cases occur in children and teens, and about 8% of the cases occur in men over 55.
- Diabetes. Diabetes is on the rise, with an estimated 13.2% of the US population having diabetes.
- Hypertension. One out of 2 adults in the US has hypertension. Hypertension increases the risk for heart disease and stroke.
Lifestyle modifications are essential to prevent or even improve chronic conditions. Some of these include:
- Nutrition – Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Each color contains a phytonutrient that the body needs. Three and ¼ ounces of whole grains a day decreases the risk of colorectal cancers, obesity, and diabetes. Nuts and seeds can help lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides. Legumes decrease our risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Fish is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Avoid processed foods, including processed meats. The World Health Organization has identified processed meats as a carcinogen.
- Stop Smoking!! It is a contributor to most chronic diseases.
- Limit alcohol to 1 or 2 drinks per day if you drink.
- Exercise – 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise 5 days a week will help decrease your heart disease and diabetes risk. Research shows that exercise can reduce the risk of cancer and help counteract the adverse effects of cancer and cancer treatment.
- Maintain good social support from friends and family.
Get Screened. Early detection is vital!
June is the perfect time to remind you, men, that prevention, early detection, and treatment are essential when it comes to chronic health problems. Partner with your primary care provider. Discuss lifestyle modifications and screenings that may be needed. Your primary care provider is your ally in preventing and managing chronic diseases.
See below for our providers that provide men’s checkups:
Buckley, Laura, M.D. Specialty: Family Medicine Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Science Center Residency: Family Medicine, North Colorado Family Medicine Services: Chronic Disease Management, Acute illness, Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Preventive Health...
Erwin, Chris, fNP Specialty: Family Medicine Qualifications: Master of Science in Nursing – Family Practitioner, Midwestern State University Professional Organizations: American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Services: Walk-in clinic for minor & occupational care...
Gore, Ty, M.D. Specialty: Family Practice Medical School: University of Texas Medical School Residency: Family Practice, Texas Tech University Professional Organizations: Board Certified in Family Practice; Fellow-American Academy of Family Practice. AMA, TMA, TAFP,...
Hopper, Lori S., FNP-C Specialty: Family Practice Qualifications: Master of Science in Nursing – Texas A&M University in Corpus Christy Professional Organizations: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Texas Nurse Practitioners, Texas Nurses Association...
Jones, Kevin, M.D. Specialty: Family Practice Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston Residency: Family Practice, Texas Tech Health Science Center Internship: Family Practice, Texas Tech Health Science Center Professional Organizations: AMA, TMA,...
Kerr, Christy, M.D. Specialty: Family Practice Services: Chronic Disease Management, Acute illness, Pediatrics, Women's Health, Preventive Health Care Qualifications: UT Southwestern Medical School American Board of Family Medicine - Board Certified Professional...
Phonasa, Paul, fNP Specialties: Community Care Center & Urgent Care Center Qualifications: Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Professional Organizations: Texas Nurse Practitioners, Advanced Practice Nurse of the Permian Basin 940-328-6521 202 SW 25th Ave Suite 300...
Ramsey, Alice, M.D. Specialty: Family Practice Services: General Family Care Qualifications: University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston Professional Organizations: AMA, TMA, TMT, Palo Pinto/Jack County Medical Society, American Assoc of Family Practitioners...
Rexroat, Lauren, FNP Specialty: Gordon Clinic Services: General Family Care Qualifications: Texas Woman's University - Denton, TX 254-693-5211 118 S. Main Gordon, TX 76453
WEST, JOSHUA, FNP-BC Specialty: Family Health Qualifications: Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Texas at Arlington, NP License, ANCC, BLS Location: Possum Kingdom Family Health 55 South FM 2353 Graford, Texas 76449 944-664-2169