It is important
for men to pay attention to their health. Major health risks that men face
include colon cancer, obesity and heart disease. These can be prevented,
treated and diagnosed early during screening tests.
Men should visit
their healthcare provider regularly even if you are feeling healthy. Working
with your provider and letting them get to know you and your health can help
avoid future problems. Your provider will screen for medical issues, access
your risk for future medical problems, encourage a healthy lifestyle, and
update your vaccinations.
exams are encouraged. A physical exam of your height, weight, and body mass
index (BMI) is checked at every exam. Your provider may also ask you about
depression, diet and exercise, and alcohol and tobacco use. Your blood pressure
screening is an important part of each visit because the higher your blood
pressure, the higher your risk of health problems in the future. If your blood
pressure is high, this puts extra strain on your arteries and on your heart,
which can cause a heart attack or stroke.
screening may be included in your yearly visit. If you have high cholesterol
levels, the deposits can reduce blood flow through your arteries, which may
cause complications in the future. If the arteries that supply blood to your
heart are affected, you may end up with coronary artery disease or even a heart
attack. Another important screening is a diabetes screening. These are usually
done if you are over the age of 45 or at an earlier age if you are overweight.
Many people with diabetes don’t know they have it, so a screening is very
important. If diabetes goes undiagnosed, you may suffer damage to various
organs, especially, the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart, and blood vessels.
If you are under
the age of 50 and have a strong/early family history of colon cancer or polyps,
you should be screened for this type of condition. Otherwise, screenings happen
between the ages of 50 and 75 for those at average risk. Screenings for cancers
of the colon and rectum can be proven lifesavers since it can lead to the
detection and removal of polyps, which may progress to cancer.
screening utilizing the blood test (PSA) for average risk men is no longer
indicated. You should discuss the pros and cons of PSA based prostate cancer
screening with your physician. Immunizations are another way to keep your
health in check. You should get your flu shot every year as the flu spreads
easily. Your provider may recommend other vaccinations if you have certain
medical conditions or of a certain age.
to your health and determining your risk factors for certain illnesses and
diseases can help you live a longer, healthier life. The most important thing
you can do for your health is visit with your primary care provider about your
risks and how you can live a healthy life for yourself and your family.