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It’s almost the end of the year. As we celebrate the arrival of 2011, it’s time for boomers  (and men of all ages) to start getting in tune with their bodies. It’s time for men to pay attention to health issues and schedule physical examinations. It only takes a few minutes to telephone the neighborhood clinic.

A constant theme of this blog is that men simply don’t want to see the doctor. It’s like auto care. You put off a symptom long enough, and the next thing you know, you could get diagnosed with a major problem. As the following article by HealthDay’s Dennis Thompson reveals, one in five American men has heart disease; one in three adult men in the United States has hypertension, or high blood pressure; three in four American men are packing on too many pounds.

Women are much better at keeping track of their health. Guys need to “man up.”