U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Men: Take Charge of Your Health

The Basics

The Basics: Overview

Most men need to pay more attention to their health. Compared to women, men are more likely to:

  • Smoke
  • Drink alcohol
  • Make unhealthy or risky choices
  • Put off regular checkups and medical care

The good news is that you can start taking better care of your health today.

Do you know what it takes to stay healthy? Take this men’s health quiz to find out.

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The Basics: Health Benefits

It’s not too late to start healthier habits.
Make eating healthy and getting active part of your daily routine. A healthy diet and regular physical activity can help lower your:

  • Blood pressure
  • Blood sugar
  • Cholesterol (“koh-LEHS-tuh-rahl”)
  • Weight

By keeping these numbers down, you can lower your risk of serious health problems like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

You can also help prevent health problems by:

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The Basics: Regular Checkups

Get medical care to help you stay healthy.
See a doctor for regular checkups even if you feel fine. This is important because some diseases don’t have symptoms at first.

Plus, seeing a doctor will give you a chance to learn more about your health.

You can also take care of your health by:

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Take Action!

Take Action: Small Changes

Use these tips to take charge of your health.

Make small changes every day.
Small changes can add up to big results – like lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes or heart disease.

Find more quick tips to keep yourself healthy.

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Take Action: Screening Tests

Talk about it.
Don’t be embarrassed to talk about your health. Start by talking to family members to find out which diseases run in your family. Use this family health history tool to keep track of what you learn. Share this information with your doctor.

Get screening tests to find diseases early.
Screenings are medical tests that doctors use to check for diseases before there are any symptoms. Screenings help find diseases early, when they may be easier to treat.

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Take Action: Talk to Your Doctor

Talk to your doctor if you have questions about prostate cancer.
The prostate is a small sex gland that makes fluid to carry sperm. It’s located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Only males have a prostate.

Ask your doctor about taking aspirin every day.
If you are age 45 or older, taking aspirin every day could lower your risk of heart attack. Talk with your doctor about whether daily aspirin is right for you.

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Take Action: Cost and Insurance

What about cost?
Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get screenings and shots at no cost to you. 

Most insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare, will pay for the screening tests your doctor or nurse recommends. And the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in 2010, requires insurance plans to cover many preventive services like shots and screenings.

Check with your insurance provider to find out what’s included in your plan.

Even if you don’t have insurance, you can still get health care. Find a health center near you and make an appointment.

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