Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Focusing on key health issues that men face, we give you the tools to figure out your risk factors, recognize early warning signs, and take the right steps to ensure a long, healthy life.


You can live a long and healthy life by:

  • Exercising regularly.
  • Eating a healthy diet.
  • Talking to your doctor about the preventive screenings that are right for you.

Men are more likely than women to develop serious health conditions for a number of reasons. Men are:

  • More likely to develop unhealthy behaviors and habits.
  • Less likely to visit their doctor or to schedule timely health screenings.
  • More likely to work in a dangerous occupation.

As a result men die at a younger age of heart disease and stroke. They are also more likely to die at an earlier age from cancer or diabetes. We know that more than half of these premature deaths are preventable. Talk to us about how we can help you lower your risk for developing chronic health conditions.

Protect Your Heart


The best ways to keep your cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the healthy range are:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Exercising
  • Maintaining an ideal weight for your height
Heart disease

You can prevent heart disease by:

  • Managing your blood pressure
  • Not smoking
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Eating fruits and vegetables
  • Limiting saturated fats in your diet
High blood pressure (hypertension)

You can prevent high blood pressure by following a healthy lifestyle and taking medication if needed. Additional approaches include:

  • Getting more exercise
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and less fat
  • Limiting alcohol
  • Limiting salt
  • Knowing your target blood pressure
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Prevent Diabetes


There are things you can do to prevent Type 2 diabetes. These lifestyle changes can help even if you have risk factors for diabetes:

  • Be physically active on most days
  • Lose weight if you are overweight
  • Eat a healthy diet
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Protect Your Lungs

You can reduce your risk of lung cancer and other lung diseases by not smoking. Once you quit smoking, your risk goes down dramatically. Talk to us about how we can help you quit smoking. You can also lower your risk by:

  • Avoiding secondhand smoke
  • Eating lots of fruits and vegetables
  • Drinking alcohol in moderation
  • Getting regular exercise on most days of the week

Prevent Depression

A healthy lifestyle can support your emotional health. It is important to:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Be aware of negative thoughts. Replace them with positive ones.
  • Spend time with family and friends.
  • Participate in hobbies and interests.
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Get Regular Checkups and Health Screenings

Regular checkups and health screenings can:

  • Detect health problems early
  • Prevent disease
  • Stop chronic conditions from getting worse

Schedule checkups and health screenings at appropriate intervals. If you have a family history of specific medical conditions we may screen you earlier.

Starting in adolescence
  • Have your blood pressure checked every 1 to 2 years.
  • Have your body mass index (BMI) calculated every 1 to 2 years.
  • Perform testicular self-exam, especially if you have a personal or family history of testicular cancer.
Starting at age 40
  • Have your cholesterol tested every 5 years.
  • Talk to your doctor about the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test if you are an African-American man or have a family history of prostate cancer. We will work together to decide how frequently you need the test.
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Checkups and Health Screenings Starting at Age 50

Once you reach age 50:

  • Get tested for diabetes every 5 years.
  • Get an annual flu shot.
  • Talk to your doctor about the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.
  • Have a fecal occult blood test every year if you are at average risk for colon cancer.
Talk to your doctor about additional colon cancer screening if you:
  • Have a personal history of colon cancer or precancerous polyps.
  • Have a parent, sibling, or child who's had colon cancer.
  • Carry a gene for a hereditary colon cancer syndrome.
  • Have a history of inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.

Watch for Warning Signs

Preventing and detecting problems early are keys to staying healthy. Contact us if you notice symptoms that may indicate a health problem.

  • Changes in bladder habits can be an indication of prostate or bladder problems. Blood in the urine is a common indicator of kidney problems. Getting up frequently at night to urinate could be a symptom of an enlarged prostate.
  • Impotence or inability to have an erection can be caused by an underlying health problem such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • Bowel changes that don’t go away. Tell your doctor if you notice a change in how your stools look or how frequently they occur. Blood in the stool or pain during bowel movements should also be reported to your doctor.
  • Depression can increase your risk for heart disease and suicide. Tell your doctor if you feel sad or helpless or lose interest in activities. We also need to know if you have trouble sleeping or feel anxious all the time.
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Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

You can take charge of your own health and wellness by following these guidelines:

  • Eat a varied diet, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat foods.
  • Stay active.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Don't smoke and avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Learn to manage your stress.
  • Practice safer sex.
  • Wear a seat belt in a car or a helmet on a motorcycle or bicycle.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Get regular checkups and age-appropriate health screenings.

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If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder. This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.

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