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Men’s Health Month: Take These Steps Toward Better Health

Men’s health at Boulder Medical Center

Awareness, prevention and regular screenings improve health and happiness

Finding a primary care provider is a first step toward long-term wellness

by Dr. Jose Delgado
Internal Medicine Department
Boulder Medical Center

June marks Men’s Health Month, an opportunity to increase awareness about health issues important to men of all ages. This month, national outreach is focusing on educating the public about the many preventable health problems that affect men and boys, and empower them and their loved ones to move towards a healthier, happier life.

Men die five years younger than women, on average, and die at higher rates for nine of the top ten causes of death. Men are the majority of workplace injuries, less likely to be insured, and far less likely to see a doctor for preventive care. While men and women have many of the same health concerns, men may be affected differently than women and some medical conditions are unique to men. Familiarity with men’s health issues, regular screenings and prevention are keys to maintaining physical wellness. Here are a few of the most common risks to men’s health in the United States:

  • Heart Disease
    One of the leading causes of death for American men, some men are more at risk than others. In addition to heredity, other risk factors are high blood pressurea  obesity, diabetes, smoking, substance abuse, and high cholesterol
  • Prostate Cancer
    Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Risk factors include being over 50 years of age and family history
  • Colon / Colorectal Cancer
    Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in men. More common in those over 50, the risk increases with age. Other factors include a high fat diet, family history of colorectal cancer, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.

For these and other conditions, early detection and treatment is key and can save your life. That’s why having a trusted primary care provider in your corner and visiting them regularly is an important part of staying healthy. Studies show that when people’s access to primary care doctors improves, their risk of dying of cancer, heart disease and strokes declines. So, take the first step toward better health and well-being. Men’s Health Month is a perfect time to set your routine doctor’s appointment and get peace of mind.

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About Dr. Jose Delgado, MD, FACP

Dr. Jose Delgado joined Boulder Medical Center in 2007 after owning a large internal medicine office and hospital practice in Miami for 10 years. As an internal medicine specialist, he is trained in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases and has treated virtually every health condition imaginable. He is comfortable with the wide spectrum of internal medicine, from routine primary care to managing multiple, chronic diseases. Dr. Delgado enjoys treating patients from diverse backgrounds and cultures and is very experienced with the elderly population. He welcomes new patients to his practice at Boulder Medical Center on Broadway in Boulder.

A long-time dream became reality when in 2007 Dr. Delgado relocated with his family to Boulder to enjoy life in the Rockies. He is an avid cyclist and participates in cross country and endurance mountain bike races throughout the Front Range and in the high country. He also enjoys hiking, backpacking, nordic, and backcountry skiing.

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