Dispel The Gender Myths

Depression. Are women more prone to depression and suicide? No, in fact, just the opposite is true. It’s important for men to know the symptoms of depression including persistent feelings of sadness, difficulty sleeping and loss of interest in activities that once made you happy. Depression negatively affects physical health. Talk to your PCP if you think you might have depression. Immune System. Think the male immune system is stronger than the female? It’s not, which is why it is important for men to follow the basics:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Limit alcohol
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get physically active
  • Manage stress

Don’t wait until you are sick to visit your PCP. See your PCP annually to discuss any new symptoms or concerns, and have your cholesterol and testosterone levels, blood pressure and prostate health checked. Most of all, follow your PCP’s instructions and ask questions if their advice is unclear. Also, speak openly with your primary care provider (PCP). Your PCP is not just there to treat you when you are sick, but to partner with you to help prevent health issues. 

Prostate Cancer

Mens Prostate Cancer


 What are the symptoms? Early prostate cancer often has no warning signs. In its advanced   stage, prostate cancer includes these symptoms:

  • Trouble having or keeping an erection.
  • Blood in the urine.
  • Slow or weakened urinary stream or the need to urinate more often.
  • Pain in the pelvis, spine, hips or ribs.

 Other diseases can also cause these symptoms. So, it’s important to speak to your doctor   about them to determine the exact cause of your symptoms.

What is prostate cancer screening? If you and your doctor agree that screening is right for you, there are 2 ways to evaluate prostate problems:

  • The PSA test. This measures the amount of prostatespecific antigen (PSA) in your blood. Most healthy men have levels under 4 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) of blood. Elevated PSA levels may indicate prostate cancer.
  • The digital rectal exam (DRE). This is a quick test done in the doctor’s office that checks the prostate for any bumps or hard areas that might be cancer. Your doctor may check for other abnormalities at the same time.



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Do my spouse and I need to sign up for Medicare?

When you or your spouse becomes eligible for Medi­care, you should enroll in Medicare Parts A and B. For most people, enrollment in Medicare Part A is automatic (there is no premium) when you start receiving benefits from Social Security. You should sign up for Medicare Part B with the Social Security office three months before turning 65. Your monthly premium to Medicare for Part B will be deducted from your Social Security check.

When you become eligible, you are not required to enroll in Medicare Part B, but benefits will be paid by the Plan as if you are enrolled. This means that, if you do not enroll, you or your spouse will have higher expenses because you will be responsible for paying for the benefits Medicare Part B would have covered. After you submit evidence of your Part B enrollment for yourself or your dependent, your HEALTH & WELFARE Plan premium will be reduced. For more information, visit the "If You Become Eligible for Medicare" section on the Life Events page.

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