We’ve all heard about prevention being better than the cure and there’s a reason why it’s stuck around because it’s true.
In 2007, a survey of men caught the attention of medical researchers. Conducted by the American Academy of Family Physicians, they found that despite 40% of men surveyed saying they had a chronic condition, 55% of them had not reached out to their doctor for a check-up. A third said they delayed seeking medical attention even when they felt ill.
While there are several routine tests men should absolutely be getting done, getting the right screening test at the right time is one of the best things a man can do for his health.
It’s best to find out if you have a condition as soon as possible so you can start treating it.
In addition to your age, other factors determine what tests you need. It is recommended that men younger than 50 should have a physical exam every three years and men over 50 get one every year.
Many aspects of your health can be determined by your blood pressure reading. Many physical problems can be caused by high blood pressure, especially heart-related ones. It is recommended that you have your blood pressure checked every 2 years.
A blood pressure reading gives two numbers. First, there is the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats, the second factor is the pressure between beats.
Normal blood pressure reading is (<120/<80)
1/3rd Americans who have diabetes are not aware of their own symptoms. Diabetes can be managed and usually doesn’t interfere a lot with your daily life. However, if left untreated, diabetes can lead to heart disease, kidney disease even blindness in some extreme cases.
You may experience serious health and well-being risks if you have high cholesterol. Having a cholesterol screening every five years is recommended for men at average heart disease risk starting at age 18. You may need more frequent testing if you
You may need more frequent testing if you
- have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease
- eat a poor diet
- are overweight
- have diabetes
- are physically inactive
- are older than 45
Many organizations advise men to be screened for prostate cancer starting at age 50. The question of whether and when men should undergo regular PSA tests for prostate cancer is controversial. These tests are not recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. You should speak with your doctor about this.
In addition to checking in on your physical health, it is also important to check in on your mental health. The stigma associated with men’s mental health makes it difficult for them to seek professional help.
Reach out to your healthcare practitioner to know which screenings you should be getting sone frequently based on your health history.