Jimi Hendrix. Layne Staley. Donny Hathaway. Nat King Cole. Brian Bonham. Freddie Mercury. Hank Williams, Sr. Chris Farley. Frankie Lymon. These are all male celebrities who died incredibly young due to their lifestyles. We can learn a lot about celebrities and men’s health from their short lives.
From drug overdoses to sexually transmitted diseases from promiscuity to diseases brought on by smoking or drinking too much alcohol, these immensely talented actors and musicians left this world all too soon because they chose to live recklessly. Others like Donny Hathaway passed away from suicide, another common killer of men.
Unfortunately, living fast and free is the name of the game for many men, which is why women tend to live much longer than men. Although men may indeed be physically stronger than women, they’re also more susceptible to give into suicide brought on by depression or PTSD. In fact, men are 3.5% more likely to die by suicide than women.
The good news is, most men can increase their lifespan by changing their lifestyle and getting help with problems such as depression, PTSD, and drug addiction. You can start getting help with these issues by scheduling a wellness exam with your primary care provider.
How a wellness exam can help you live longer
Annual men’s health exams are much more than just a check of your vitals. You’ll receive screenings and lab tests to detect underlying conditions such as diabetes or high bad cholesterol. You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss any problems you may be experiencing including mental health and addiction struggles. This is the time to be honest with your provider–it’s the only way they can ensure you find the help you need. Your provider can refer you to a mental health or addiction specialist who can explore your issues and get you proper treatment. If you’re a smoker who needs help quitting, your provider can prescribe medication and other resources to help you kick the habit for good.
There’s no better time than right now to start taking better care of your health. Learn your lesson from these celebrities and men’s health experts. EliteCare is open 7 days a week for your convenience so you can fit your wellness appointment into your busy schedule. We also make it easier than ever to communicate with us! Now you can request an appointment three ways–by dialing or texting us at 662-348-3342 or by submitting a request directly from our website.
You’ll receive screenings and lab tests to detect underlying conditions such as diabetes or high bad cholesterol. You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss any problems you may be experiencing including mental health and addiction struggles.