Men's Health: Be proactive, don't wait until you have symptoms

“You don’t think about your health until you don’t have it. And if you don’t have your physical health, everything else – including your mental health, mindfulness and the ability to enjoy life – suffers as well.” Darel Radde, Director of Ridgeview Ambulance.

Even with a family history of cancer and heart issues – and having worked in the medical field since he was a teenager – 58-year-old Darel Radde didn’t have regular annual exams or recommended health screenings because he didn’t think it was necessary. It wasn’t until he started to have symptoms that interfered with family vacation plans that he took action and had a colonoscopy. “That’s when I got nervous, thinking that the doctor would find something that could have been caught or addressed earlier – and avoided additional testing and costs – if I had regular screenings. Thankfully, everything was fine.” Radde pays more attention to his health now, and is glad that his children are more proactive in taking care of their health than he was as a young adult. “Little things become big things if you don’t have regular check-ups or pay attention to symptoms.