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Why Meal Prepping is Beneficial to Seniors

Meal prepping is the act of preparing several meals in one sitting so that there are readily available meals available when a person gets hungry.

Meal preparation can essentially be any type of food but is primarily used to prepare meals that are healthy and satisfying. During the act of meal prep, the individual likely will cook a minimum of three or four meals in one sitting, however he or she can choose to do more or less based upon their needs and desires. Meal preparation can help an individual lose weight, stick to an eating plan or simply help prepare convenient and healthy meals.

How is Meal Prepping Beneficial to Seniors? How Can a Caregiver Help?

Heart-Healthy FoodsMeal prepping is a healthy way to stay on top of a specific meal plan and focus on nutrition. For seniors, nutrition may be one of the biggest factors in their health status, especially if they have been diagnosed with an illness or disease. Before an elderly individual commits to meal prepping, it is advised that he or she consults with their doctor about the foods they should be eating on a daily basis. This will give them an idea of the types of foods they should be eating, as well the foods they need to prepare during their meal prepping session.

In order to maintain senior health and wellbeing, he or she should invest in the practice of meal preparation in order to stay nourished and strong. Malnutrition in elderly individuals is a very serious problem and their food intake should be monitored closely. Meal preparation will allow the senior to simply reheat previously cooked food and eat their food without having to stand for long periods of time cooking or spend excessive amounts of time in the kitchen.

Since seniors cannot spend an unwarranted amount of time on their feet in the kitchen cooking, he or she may choose to enlist help in order to achieve their daily household tasks. A professional caregiver can help seniors with many tasks, including meal preparation and grocery shopping, so that the senior does not have to strain themselves in order to eat proper meals. This caregiver will not only save the senior time and energy, but they can give their family members peace of mind that their loved one is getting the nutrients he or she needs in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Not only will meal prepping give the seniors a healthy meal, but it will encourage them to eat the already prepared food rather than going out to eat or ordering fast food. If a senior is feeling exhausted or not 100%, he or she may opt for a faster food option such as fast food or ordering food to be delivered. These options are okay every once and a while (pending doctor approval) but should not be the go-to option when they feel tired or are too busy to worry about cooking. A premade meal will take the guessing out of what they are going to eat and makes no room for excuses to eat out or eat junk!

Additionally, seniors may not have the ability to navigate around the kitchen in a safe manner. The kitchen can be a very stressful and chaotic place for elderly individuals, full of hazards and dangers such as knives, heavy objects and high cabinets. Having a caregiver there to help meal prep will prevent seniors from going into the kitchen to try to reach or grab something that is too far or heavy, as well as giving them assistance in warming up their meals before consumption. A professional caregiver will cook the meals, clean the kitchen and place all meal prep containers in a safe space that is easily accessible to the elderly individual. Additionally, it is important to remember that if a senior will be reheating their food while he or she is alone or without a caregiver, it is important to have them in microwave safe dishes and have oven mitts readily available. Safety should always be a priority and caregivers will help the elderly individual stay safe!

What’s on the Menu?

As previously mentioned, it is important that a senior citizen checks with his or her medical professionals before committing to a new meal plan. Depending on their medical history and current diagnoses, he or she may be prescribed to eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies, consume plenty of leafy greens or have a high protein diet. Each person’s meal prep needs will vary depending on the individual’s requirements and his or her food preferences. Diagnosis specific recipes can help the elderly individual meet their daily nutrition requirements while still enjoying delicious meals. Together, the senior and their caregiver can great a shopping list that will guide the caregiver through the grocery store and allow them to plan out doctor approved healthy meals that the individual will thoroughly enjoy!

Although meal preparation may seem time consuming and tedious, it will allow elderly individuals to continue to meet their nutrition requirements, while enjoying pre-made food! Caregivers are the perfect source of support to utilize for meal preparation, medication reminders and companionship. Happy eating!

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Seniors & Influenza: Do Vaccines Work?

Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is an illness that can be contracted and spread by coming in contact with an infected individual.

Flu symptoms will present themselves differently in everyone, but common signs and symptoms of the flu are: aches, chills, fever, cough, headache, body aches, tiredness and a sore throat or runny nose. It is important to note that not all of these symptoms have to be present in order to be diagnosed with the flu.

If an individual contracts the flu, it is encouraged that he or she goes to the doctor within 24-hours of the first onset symptoms. Pending a doctor evaluation, there may be a medication given to the patient called Tamiflu, that will help the symptoms subside in a quicker manner. Treatment for the flu normally includes rest, plenty of fluids and simply taking it easy until the virus is out of the individuals’ system.

However, as medicine has improved over time, doctors have created a flu shot that can help individuals protect themselves against influenza. It is especially important for seniors, especially those 65 years or older, to protect themselves against the flu by getting the flu shot.

Why Should Seniors Vaccinate?

Although the flu is a serious illness for all people that contract the virus, it is especially dangerous for seniors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that seniors are more likely to experience severe complications from the flu, sometimes leading to death. According to the CDC, about 70-90% of flu related deaths are from individuals that are in the ‘senior’ category. As we age, our bodies eventually develop a much weaker immune system, which in turn results in a weaker defense against viruses and illness. It is recommended that seniors obtain a flu shot each year by the end of October, as influenza season rapidly approaches after that time. Flu vaccines are updated each season in order to fight against the latest strain and type of flu that is affecting the masses. Vaccines are not guaranteed to keep the influenza illness away from each individual that receives one, but it will increase their chances of going through flu season healthy and happy.

There are two different types of flu shots for seniors: the high-dose flu vaccine and the adjuvanted flu vaccine. These two are designed especially for individuals 65 years of age or older, giving them the best protection against influenza. Doctors recommend elderly individuals obtain the flu vaccine and avoid the nasal spray, as the vaccines will protect them better.

The high-dose vaccine is designed to give elderly individuals the defense their body needs in order to fight off influenza. It can be administered by a medical professional and should be administered each year. It is important to note that medical professionals may prefer one vaccine over another for individuals, depending on specific cases and past experiences.

Alternatively, the adjuvant vaccine is a vaccine that is made with the elderly in mind. It is designed specifically to provide defense in an individual’s body that needs it the most and hopes to create a much stronger reaction to a vaccine than a generic flu shot. It is made with MF59, which is an oil-in-water- emulsion of squalene oil. It is imperative to check with medical professionals which vaccine is proper for seniors, as it may vary prom person to person.

What if a Senior Gets the Flu?

If an elderly individual does get the flu, plenty of rest and fluids are recommended. After seeing their primary doctor for medication and/or a care plan, considering an in-home caregiver is the next step. Caregivers can help the individual with medication reminders, light housekeeping, meal preparation and personal care when they are on temporary bed rest. A caregiver can be the support system an elderly individual needs in order to get through a flu this season!

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What Are the 7 Common Signs of an Aging Parent

Old woman Grandma Daughter Happy Hopeful Your parents did everything for you.

They ensured you were fed, clothed, and cared for throughout childhood (and for some of us, well into adulthood). They taught you how to brush your teeth, count to one hundred, and how to beat that one level in Space Invaders (you know the one). Everything we are we owe to our parents, and we could spend our whole lives thanking them and it’d still never be enough.

As you get older, you realize your parents do, too. They might not be as involved as they used to be, or they get tired faster. Maybe they can’t walk long distances without sitting down, or they can’t figure out how to use their new TV no matter how many times you explain it to them. Soon, you might begin wondering if you need to move them into your home, or worse – a nursing home or assisted living facility.
But before all that happens, there’s hope – you can provide your parents the care they need without having to move them out of the comforts of their own home, allowing them to retain their independence. Called senior in-home care, the service is designed to keep the elderly as independent as possible while ensuring they have the necessary help whenever needed.

If you are worried about your parents or a loved one, but want them to retain that sense of autonomy, hiring a caregiver may be the best option.

To determine if senior home care is right for your aging parents, read these following steps to see if they are exhibiting any of these signs or symptoms:


Weight Loss/Loss of Appetite

As people age, it’s not uncommon to stop cooking all the time. There are often fewer people in the house than years prior, and cooking for one or two people takes more energy than simply ordering takeout or eating foods that take minimal preparation. But when people stop eating as much as they used to or are losing weight, it could be a sign of depression. Speak with your parents to ensure that everything is okay or if there is something going on that might be cause for concern.


Everyone forgets things, no matter what your age is. Your keys, wallet, phone…everything goes missing from time to time, only to remember later where these all-too-important items are. But if your parents are having trouble remembering things that should be easy to remember, such as the route back home to the house they’ve lived in for 20 years, that is cause for alarm and should be taken as a serious warning sign of Alzheimer’s or Dementia.

Poor Personal Hygiene/Cleanliness

Growing older can also mean having less energy to perform the simple daily tasks. If your parents were fastidious in nature and loved to keep a clean house, a dirty house is a warning sign that should be paid attention to immediately. Expired food, piled up dishes, and trash that hasn’t been taken out in weeks are good indicators of a house gone bad, and aging parents often struggle with cleaning like they used to. This can prove dangerous, as a dirty house creates potential hazards, and one misstep on garbage or items on the floor can mean a bad fall and lengthy hospital visit. This goes for personal hygiene as well – disheveled hair, smelly clothes, and days or even weeks without bathing can indicate depression or the physical inability to care properly for oneself. If this sounds like your parents, please get help immediately, as this is a huge red flag of something serious.

Decrease in Activity / Socialization

It’s common to feel less energetic as age creeps on, but there’s a difference between being unable to walk around the block or garden and being completely disinterested, lethargic, or mopey. If your parents are expressing a complete lack of energy and seem down, they can potentially isolate themselves if left untreated, setting themselves up for depression. Combat this by ensuring your parents get the socialization they need, be it from a friend, family member, church, book club, or other sort of social activity.


Mood Changes

While the aforementioned signs and symptoms all indicate depression, there are other mood changes/swings that can occur as well. If your parents are quick to temper, have emotional outbursts that seem to come out of nowhere, or suddenly withdraw, they may be experiencing depression or something more urgent. Observe your parents to see if there is any stimulus that is causing the mood swings; otherwise, urge your parents to seek medical treatment if the mood changes are unexplained.

Problems Driving

Perhaps one of the most sudden indicators of the onset of old age is driving. Older people often get in more car accidents than in prior years. Or they might find they’re accidentally scraping the mailbox on their way out of the garage on a regular basis or backing into other cars in the parking lot. This is dangerous – not only to the driver but to other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Encourage your parents to stop driving on freeways or at night to minimize some risk. If it gets to a point where it is no longer safe for them to drive, a caregiver may be the best option, as they can often drive your parents to and from their daily activities safely.

Mismanaging Finances

Another sign of forgetfulness has some pretty unfortunate consequences – managing finances. Did mom forget to pay taxes? Did dad spend money on something, only to forget where the money went? This can lead to a serious issue, as a nickel missing here or there can quickly add up to thousands of dollars spent in the wrong places. Broach the topic with your parents very carefully, as this is a tender, sensitive issue for any adult. Losing track of money and forgetting to pay bills can be a sign of something serious, like Alzheimer’s or dementia, so be sure to get your parents the help they need as soon as possible.


If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, it may be in your and your loved one’s best interest to consider homecare or hiring a caregiver. By doing this, your senior loved ones will be able to maintain their independence while still receiving the care that they need. This will ensure a longer, happier life for your relatives and provide the rest of your family a peace of mind that their loved ones are well taken care of.

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How Aromatherapy Can Help Your Senior Loved One

Aromatherapy can be used in many ways for a diverse group of people.

While there are many benefits of aromatherapy for younger adults, seniors may benefit the most from aromatherapy when it is done properly. Aromatherapy is the use of highly concentrated molecules from things such as flowers, plants, seeds, etc. to bring healing or peace to an individual. For seniors, aromatherapy can serve as a way to relax, a way to feel comfortable or a way to reduce anxiety or stress.

Aromatherapy should be treated the same way as another over the counter medication and the doctor of your loved one should be consulted before you introduce the oils into your loved one’s life. This is because the oils may affect your loved one in ways that you may not be aware of or they may interfere with other medications that your loved one is taking. It is best to present your loved one’s doctor with the aromatherapy solution and explain to them why you think that they will benefit from it, what you will do to make sure it is executed properly and what the next steps are.

One you are given the go-ahead from your doctor or your loved one’s doctor, it is time to explore the scents of aromatherapy and how you want to participate. Some people opt to use a diffuser, where the scent will be dispersed into the air. Others prefer to use the essential oils on their skin and wear the oils all day. Whichever execution you choose, you will have to choose your scent as well. It is important to establish your goals with aromatherapy and communicate that with the retailer in which you are buying the oils from. For example, those who are suffering from headaches or stress may opt for scents like lavender and rosemary. Whereas, if you feel as though you or your loved one needs a boost of energy, something citrus (such as orange or lemon scents) could be something that will be beneficial. Additionally, if the goal of aromatherapy is to feel at ease, at home and warm there may be scents such as ginger, cinnamon or nutmeg, that will allow you to feel at home and at ease.

It is important that you listen to your body or your loved one’s body during aromatherapy. If they are not in the mood to experience aromatherapy one day, try not to push it. It is also important to note that it is imperative to know when the scent is too strong, as that can cause headaches and discomfort for them as well. Aromatherapy can be incredibly soothing, healing and beneficial for individuals that are willing to participate. We hope that these helpful hints will allow you to start your aromatherapy journey with ease and confidence.

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How to Avoid Getting a Migraine

How You Can Have Peace of Mind While Mom Ages at Home One of the most irritating and painful experiences is an extreme headache also known as a migraine.

Migraines can cause pain in your head, neck and shoulders or cause you to feel nauseas and lightheaded. Migraines are common, as about 12% of adults in the United States suffer from migraines, but that does not mean that they cannot be avoided. Avoiding migraines can be tricky, especially for seniors, but we have a few tips that may help prevent these horrible headaches from occurring.

Your diet can affect your mental health, your mood and your overall physical health. Keeping your diet healthy and avoiding processed foods can help you avoid migraines. Additionally, sugar can sometimes cause a ‘sugar rush’ which then can result in a crash, which is often accompanied by a migraine. Caffeine also has a negative effect on your body, as it can cause migraines when you experience withdrawals or too much caffeine. Keeping your diet balanced can allow your body to get the nutrients it wants and craves to maintain a healthy body and mind.

Stay active! Getting outside and enjoying some fresh air and exercise can help decrease the chances you will experience a migraine. Your body is strong and capable of achieving great things, despite your age. Take 20 minutes to go for a walk and enjoy the fresh air of your neighborhood. It is of the utmost importance to not push yourself too hard, as strenuous exercise can cause headaches and migraines to occur.

Relationship Between Nutrition and SleepMake sure that you have a sleep schedule that you honor. Lack of sleep can cause migraines, along with poor food and drink choices that can also cause headaches or migraines. It is advisable to set a sleep pattern where you get at least eight hours of sleep each night and you vow to stick with said pattern. Going to bed at the same time every night and getting the correct amount of sleep will allow your body to rest and recharge for the day ahead.

Learn how to deal with stress in a way that works for you. Anxiety, worry and chaos can trigger a migraine. Each person has a different way they deal and cope with stress, including but not limited to exercise, meditation, aromatherapy or talking to a therapist. Find what works for you and be sure to surrender fully to the process. When you are feeling anxious, stressed or on edge, be sure to have a plan in place to soothe your mind and soul and avoid a migraine.

We hope that these tips will help you avoid migraines, as we know that they can be painful and debilitating. Migraines do not have to be an everyday occurrence and with the right tips and techniques, you can be migraine free!

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How to Improve Your Memory as You Age

As we get older, our memory sometimes slips and becomes not as sharp as it once was.

Misplacing keys, forgetting your tasks for the day or not remembering someone’s birthday can be a common occurrence among elderly individuals. It is important that you talk to a doctor if you feel that you or your loved one is experiencing more than normal memory decline due to age. Dementia and Alzheimer’s are serious conditions and should never be ruled out, unless by a medical professional. If your doctor has chalked it up to declining memory due to age, try these tips to keep your mentally sharp.

  • Find a way to organize your life that will make sense, no matter what. If you have the space, hanging a key rack by your door may be a great way to make sure that you always know where your keys are. Assuming that you put your keys there when you come in the door, they will remain there until you are ready to leave. Another example is by labeling your drawers, your cupboards and your closet with the items inside. It is important that you are as organized as possible to avoid misplacing or forgetting things.
  • Eat a balanced diet that will help you keep your mind sharp and your body strong. It is advised that you speak to a medical professional or nutritionist to get an exact breakdown of what your meals should contain on a daily basis, but balance is key. You should maintain a well-balanced and healthy diet to keep yourself strong and healthy as you age.
  • Exercise both your body and your brain. It is advised that you are cleared by a doctor before engaging in physical activity, but by incorporating exercise in your routine, you are able to keep your body active and improve blood circulation. This can improve your memory and your brain health as you age. Just as you exercise your body, you should also exercise the mind. You or your loved one should engage in cross-word puzzles, card games or memorization games. This will keep your mind sharp and allow you to fight against memory decline as you age.

We hope that these tips and tricks will help you or your loved one maintain a sharp memory as they age. Please seek out medical attention if you or your loved one is concerned with their mental or memory health. It is important to rule out any underlying conditions that may affect memory health.

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How to Beat the Heat in Warm Weather

As the warm weather approaches, temperatures are rising, and heatwaves are in the horizon.

We know that although the heat may feel good after a long winter, it is important to stay safe in the heat. Heat stroke, dehydration and heat exhaustion are serious conditions that should not be taken lightly during the summer months. We hope these tips will help you beat the heat this summer.

  • If your home does not have air conditioning, make sure that you have the proper ventilation in place. Be sure that air can flow properly in and out of your home, avoiding any air flow restriction. If your home does not have air conditioning, it is advised that you buy a fan to keep the air moving in your home. Fans can provide some relief for an otherwise sweltering day.
  • Air-conditioning may be your only relief, whether that is at home or elsewhere. If you are not inclined to install air conditioning in your home, seek out buildings that provide air-conditioning to its visitors. For example, maybe you can plan to go to a museum for a day in the summer. Not only will you enjoy the museum, but you will be in a building that provides air-conditioning and relief.
  • Drink plenty of water. This is one of the most important aspects of staying healthy during the summer months. You should avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages, as they can often dehydrate you. Instead, you should fill up on water to avoid dehydration in the summer months. You may also drink Gatorade, Powerade or other drinks that have electrolytes in them, to avoid dehydration. You should drink one glass of water per hour, to make sure that you have plenty of fluids in your system.
  • Prepare yourself to be outside! The summer brings heat, which can bring about fun outdoor activities! We know that picnics, BBQ’s and baseball games make the best memories, so why not prepare for those outings? Be sure to put on sunscreen, bring a hat, wear protective clothing and have plenty of fluids on hand. Enjoy the heat but do so in a responsible manner.
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How You Can Control Your Emotional Well-Being

We put such an emphasis on making sure our bodies are strong and that we are giving our body everything it needs to remain healthy.

We exercise to make sure that our bodies can handle the stress life throws at us and we fuel our days with healthy and hearty food. But, what about our emotional health? Are you putting your emotional well-being on the back burner?

It is important to make sure that you are taking care of your body and mind simultaneously. There are several things that you can do to make sure that your mind is at ease and your emotions are in check. Take a look below at some ways you can put your emotional well-being first.

  • Participate in exercise that helps you clear your mind. Do you enjoy yoga or a nice outdoor walk? These activities are not only good for you because they will increase your endorphins, but they will give you peace of mind and you will genuinely enjoy these activities.
  • Avoid caffeine or alcohol, as they often trigger mood swings. You will want to drink lots of water and keep yourself hydrated to keep a clear mind.
  • Eat healthy foods that will make you feel good. If you have confidence in your healthy food choices, chances are that you will be in a more positive headspace for the rest of the day. For example, if you feel pressured to eat a kale salad but truly do not enjoy kale, try swapping out the kale for regular lettuce. This will not only allow you to feed your body the nutrients it needs and deserves but you will enjoy eating it and feel comfortable fueling your body and mind.
  • Find a support system that will help you when you need to talk. Sometimes, all you need to do to clear your mind and remain in a positive headspace is to talk. Whether it is your family, your caregiver or a professional, try talking with someone that will allow you to express your feelings and allow you to make room for positivity.
  • Participate in activities that you want to do and say ‘no’ to the activities that no longer serve you. Do you love reading but already committed to a weekly bird watching club that might not be ‘your thing’? Although you may have enjoyed this activity once upon a time, if it no longer serves you or puts you in a positive headspace, try swapping it out for something that you enjoy. This may feel uncomfortable and the change may be hard to adapt to, but your mental and emotional well-being will thank you in the long run.

We know that it can be tough to complete your daily tasks, try to please others and maintain your emotional and mental well-being. Life has a lot of challenges, but we are confident that you can tackle them head on while maintaining a positive and healthy mental and emotional state. We hope that these tips will help you stay positive and level headed.

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How You Can Have Peace of Mind While Mom Ages at Home

As your parents age, you are likely to feel as though you must step in and take care of them.

This is a completely normal feeling, as they get old you want to protect them and help them the best you can. There may be sleepless nights where you worry about whether to move your mother into a retirement community, despite her wishes to remain comfortably at home. This is a hard position to be in, especially because you want your mom to be happy in her environment, but her safety is and should be a priority to you.

Aging comfortably at home may be scary for adult children, as there are numerous hazards that are in the modern-day home. What if the corner of the rug is pulled up and your mom happens to catch it while she is walking to the restroom? Will she be able to get up and call for help? Is it safe for her to live in her own home?

If your mother prefers to stay in her home, you have options that will allow you to have peace of mind that she is safe. 24 Hour Home Care can provide a caregiver that will help your loved one with medication reminders, light housekeeping, meal preparation, personal care and even companionship. You will not have to worry about your mother feeling overwhelmed by the house work she has to do or the meals that she must cook. Our caregivers can help your mother just enough to where she feels as though she still has her independence but will not feel overwhelmed by the amount of work. Our caregivers can also make sure that your mother is safe at all times, scanning the house for hazards and preventing accidents or falls from happening. Our caregivers priority is client happiness and safety, giving you peace of mind that your mother will be aging comfortably and safely at home.

We know that it can be a worrisome decision to make, whether to keep mom at home or move her to a community. Here at 24 Hour Home Care, we think that aging comfortably should be easy and attainable. Let our caregivers help your mother stay at home, while you have the peace of mind that she is safe.

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The Importance of Prevention and Early Detection

Often, the earlier a medical condition is diagnosed, the more likely the individual is to successfully overcome the issue.

Living a long, fulfilling life requires you to take the time to evaluate your health and take the necessary precautions. It is common to believe that you do not have any reason for a medical screening if you’re not experiencing symptoms to be worried about. However, this kind of thinking results in so many missed diagnoses, resulting in untimely deaths across the country. To avoid the worst and ensure the best for your overall health, you’ll need to schedule time to have regular checkups. Prevention awareness and early detection of any diseases can help save your life.

The Importance of Screenings & Tests

You’re understandably busy in your day-to-day life. We understand that most like to spend their free time relaxing and with the ones you love. Seeking preventive care ensures you have more time to spend with the people you care about the most. Diseases that are diagnosed at an early stage have a much easier time of being treated. Cancer in particular needs to be treated as soon as possible in order to keep it from spreading. Speaking with your doctor about your particular health conditions will allow them to suggest which screenings and tests you ought to have. Your family history, race, and living habits could make you more susceptible to certain health concerns.

One of the worst tendencies of Americans in general is not getting evaluated until they have symptoms. By the time symptoms are noticeable, it’s likely the disease has become more advanced, possibly making it harder to treat. Medical exams will equip you with the knowledge you need to either prevent any future diseases from forming or treat any diseases that have already been diagnosed.

An exam is the only way to give yourself total peace of mind when it comes to your well-being.

Medical Tests Every Man Should Get

There are certain health screenings for men that should take place annually . A heart disease screening is one of them. Cardiovascular disease affects a staggering amount of people, so getting tested for a coronary artery disease is in your best interest. Heart disease can be serious if not treated properly. That being said, a diagnosis doesn’t meanthat you can’t live a happy life. Detecting heart disease early allows you to make the necessary lifestyle changes to keep your heart healthy. A high body mass index (BMI), heavy drinking, and lack of exercise can all contribute to the development of heart disease.

Your annual physical should include a blood pressure test, which indicates whether or not you’re at risk for more harmful diseases. If you know you have high blood pressure, getting tested for diabetes ensures your glucose levels aren’t dangerously high. A medical professional will test your blood sugar level to determine whether or not you have diabetes. Whether it’s type 1, type 2, or pre-diabetes, spotting this disease early and managing it will ensure it doesn’t dictate your life. Millions of people have learned to live with their condition and live accomplished lives by understanding that their body has special needs. A diabetes test is the first step towards knowing more and taking action.

Especially as you get older, you’ll want to get screened for colon, testicular, and prostate cancer to make sure there’s nothing to worry about. Cancers are notoriously more difficult to treat in later stages, as the disease has had more time to develop and spread. You may have friends or family that have battled, or are currently, battling cancer. Their guidance and advice can help you throughout the screening process and beyond.

Depression is a very serious disorder that needs to be addressed properly if found to be present in an individual. In addition to hotlines and online tests that are available to the public, you can speak with your doctor to see whether you may have clinical depression. Your sadness or discomfort isn’t your fault and is something that can be managed with the right treatments and right attitude. Your best bet is to speak with your close ones about your feelings and accept that you’re having trouble.

Seeking help when you know you need it shouldn’t feel shameful because it isn’t. Treatment for depression simply teaches you how to be the best possible version of yourself.

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