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Men might not get proper health care during COVID-19

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Posted at 8:33 AM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 10:33:16-04

BOISE, Idaho- — With COVID-19 still present, men and women might not be getting the proper health care they need. June is National Men's Health month, which is a month dedicated to calling attention to men's health.

Chief Medical Officer of Optum Idaho, Dr. Ron Larsen, says there are three main categories that men primarily should focus on are talking about getting fit, eating a balanced diet and being proactive about your health.

"A third of us these days as men over the age of 18, aren't getting the activity we need. So, the first piece of advice is to get fit," Dr. Larsen says.

While most people are spending more time at home due to COVID-19, they are increasing how much they cook. Dr. Larsen says this an excellent time to learn about what you are putting into your body and understanding nutrition labels.

"While you're taking time to cook, read those labels and inform yourself. Get online and ask questions," Dr. Larsen says. "There are chat rooms that ask how old you are, what you do and give creative diet advice."

He also mentioned a few ways men can be proactive about their health. Make sure you know your blood pressure, watch your cholesterol and your blood sugar levels.

"It's not that hard to be proactive. Monitor your blood pressure, take a look at your cholesterol and also know what your blood sugar is as a way to monitor and be proactive," Dr. Larsen says.

He says to start with creating a schedule for yourself and sticking to it can help you become a healthier person.