Phoebe’s doctor talks about the importance of men’s health and screenings


ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) — Health is a big part of our lives, we need it to do most things and have a high quality of life. But sometimes people, especially men, can be nervous about getting checked out.

Jim Wallace of WALB sits down with family physician Dr. Derek Heard to talk about men’s health.

“You care a lot about men’s health. And men now think the COVID pandemic is over, you worry about what men should be doing right now for their health,” Wallace said.

“Yes, Jim, thanks for inviting men today. At Phoebe, we’re about the fact that your healthcare can’t wait. And so what we’re seeing is that people are slowly starting to come back to doctors’ offices. But we still need to get our men out and with the arrival of June, Father’s Day month, we thought it was prudent to have some kind of discussion with the men about the possibility of going out and taking care of their health. Because men’s health issues haven’t stopped just because of the pandemic,” Dr. Heard replied.

“Men often say that if they feel fine, they don’t need to see a doctor. I guess it’s something throughout history that has remained the thought among men. I know it stays in South Georgia,” Wallace said.

“No Jim, it is. A lot of times as a man of the house you feel like you have to keep pushing. You have to keep working, even if you’re feeling good. I’m here at work today even though I’m not feeling well. And so that’s one of those things that we need to talk to men about, the fact that you always need to be seen. You always need to get checked out, because again, the health problems do not stop.We know that about 13% of men are considered to have poor health in this country.According to 2020 statistics, 13% of men are considered to have poor health, this is not no good. We know that COVID, stroke, are all things that kill men. For that reason, we need to make sure that we get men checked and screened for that. Because those are things that can be screened. If you consult your general practitioner, you have the possibility of discussing these types of problems with it and we can prevent these types of diseases that can cause a lot of damage. And one thing that I want men to understand is that if you have one of these chronic conditions, it doesn’t matter how hard you try to move on and keep working. The thing is, these can be devastating not only to you, but to your family as well. So it’s important, as men, to get out there and be seen,” Dr Heard said.

“Good advice. Dr. Derek Heard, thank you very much for joining us. We appreciate your help.”

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