November is full of things crying out for your attention in the build-up to the festive season and, while it’s great to focus on sorting the Christmas list and diarising the various social events over the next six weeks, it’s also men’s health awareness month – so it’s the perfect opportunity for you to ‘Man-up’ and get proactive about your health by having your prostate checked out.

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Prostate cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer in the UK and approximately 1 in 8 men will have it at some point in their lives according to the Movember foundation. The thing is while thinking about, talking about or even worrying about having your prostate checked out at the doctors is all well and good – you might even have grown the tache in honour of Movember – you actually need to do something about it.

A wise man once said, “the first step is to take one”. That’s why during this ‘Movember’ we’re helping you do just that. The great news is that getting checked is simple, easy, discreet and hassle-free. Not only are we offering more than £100 off our comprehensive well man health check-up (now £150 instead of £260) we’re also offering a simple prostate cancer check for £40 (usually £60).

You can get checked the same day you book with Virgin Care Private, we’re right in the city centre, and we’re open from 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 2pm Saturday. All you need to do is call us on 0300 247 0121, or make an enquiry through our website, and we’ll get you booked in at a time that suits you.

Of course, prostate cancer isn’t the only thing you should be thinking about health-wise, so we asked Tarun, our local medical director and GP, what his top three health tips would be this Christmas.

Hop on the scales
This is the obvious one – when it comes to good health, one of the easiest things to do is keep a check on how much you weigh and how you’re made up – whether you’re all muscle or putting on the pounds of fat is important to know. High body fat is linked with things like diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers – so hop on the scales regularly and speak to a GP if you spot any huge changes. Our dietician can help you sort out your diet if you want help getting back on track – whether that’s gaining muscle, losing fat or just staying well.

Get moving – and make room for the mince pies
Next month is going to be one for indulging and while a little of what you like does no harm, you can have a little bit more if you’ve put in the work. Exercise not only benefits your physical health, but it’s also great for your mental health too. It’s recommended that you get 10,000 steps in each day at least – so it doesn’t have to be all about hitting the gym. Pop out for a walk on your lunch break, go for a walking meeting with your team (although it is November, so don’t forget your coat) or just get off the bus a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way.
Regular exercise (increasing your heart rate by 50-70% during moderate exercise at least 3 times a week for 20 minutes) reduces the risk of illness by up to 50% and can increase your self-esteem, mood and energy.

Keep an eye on the alcohol intake
As we know, regular drinking can lead to your body building up a tolerance to alcohol. You have to drink more to get the same effects, which can mean you end up drinking to levels that are harmful to your, short and long-term, health. So try to reduce those Friday after work pints, you could even try and alternate between water and alcohol during the festive socialising, there’s plenty that men can do to stay healthy during the challenges of the New Year, but there’s help at hand too.

Whether you’ve got a problem you want to be checked out (we can see you today at our Birmingham clinic from just £55), or you want to get the once-over – the best advice is to speak to an expert.
Our well man check-up will give you the confidence to know you’re on the right track or give you tips on getting back to where you need to.

Book in before the end of November, and we’ll even throw in a flu jab for free – keeping you up and moving, and help stop you spreading the nasty virus to others.

Pop in and see us at 133 Edmund Street, or give us a call on 0300 247 0121 for more information.
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