Good Health is Best Gift for Dad (PKG)

When it comes to Father’s Day gifts, options are endless, but a doctor explains why one gift that’s guaranteed to keep on giving is good health.

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CLEVELAND – A new tie, or maybe a gift card? When it comes to Father’s Day gifts, options can seem endless but one gift that’s guaranteed to keep on giving is good health.

Dan Allan, M.D., of Cleveland Clinic said healthy dads take matters into their own hands.

“How they live, what they eat, do they exercise? Are they getting proper rest? Are they hydrating? Do they smoke, or drink? Most of the time it’s up to the patient to kind of do most of the work,” he said.

Part of that work includes seeing a doctor regularly, according to Dr. Allan.

“The older you get, the more often you should come in,” he said. “Younger men in their 20’s or 30’s every couple of years, assuming everything’s okay and they don’t have any major health issues. As men get closer to 50, it’s more like an annual.”

Most men should have their colon checked at age 45, and have a prostate screening at age 50, unless they’re at high risk.

“Certainly a family history or even symptoms would dedicate earlier investigation, or labs, or testing depending on the situation,” said Dr. Allan.

Dr. Allan recommends everyone over age 20 have cholesterol and blood pressure checked and people who are overweight or obese be screened for diabetes at age 40.

He said checking the skin is important too.

“We’re seeing more and more skin cancers – people are spending more time outdoors,” he said. “A general primary care doctor should be able to do a basic skin exam and at least identify anything that could be a problem.”

Dr. Allan encourages men to listen to their bodies and speak up if something doesn’t seem right.

“We’re not there to judge, we’re there to help, and knowing where you’re at and what’s actually going on will go a long way to helping you get better, or understand, or deal with the problem that we’re trying to solve,” he said.

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