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Inform issue 22 – Autumn 2017

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In this edition of Inform we celebrate people out in their communities. We meet John who shares with us his determination which resulted in a new creative direction.

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Men’s Wellbeing All too often, men put off going to the doctor or, worse still, won’t go at all. In fact, studies show that three times more men than women say they haven’t visited a doctor in the last 12 months, while 25% claimed they’d wait as long as possible before getting help with a health problem. What’s up doc? Manning up to see your GP Unfortunately, feeling fine is not the same as being healthy. High blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol can silently affect your health, and difficulties urinating may seem small at first, but should be checked out early to avoid potentially serious health problems in the future. If you or a mate are putting off seeking health advice for fear of finding out about potential issues, it’s time to man up. Just like changing to a better diet, doing some exercise, or losing weight, it’s about taking responsibility for your own health. If you’re over 50, you should get your prostate checked every 12 months. Many men’s prostates get larger as they get older due to a non-cancerous condition known as ‘benign prostatic hyperplasia’, or prostate enlargement, so instead of worrying yourself sick, it’s best to see your doctor for peace of mind. If you’re experiencing the following symptoms it’s important to make an appointment as soon as possible: • You need to urinate more frequently or pass smaller amounts. • You need to rush to the toilet more often. • You’re having difficulty starting to urinate (hesitancy). • You feel like you’re straining or taking a long time to urinate. • You’re experiencing a weak flow. • You feel like your bladder isn’t completely empty once you’ve urinated. Don’t be tempted to diagnose yourself. Your doctor should investigate these symptoms but don’t panic they don’t necessarily mean you have prostate cancer. 24 Inform

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