How Serious Are Men About Their Health Check-Ups?

Men always seemed reluctant to pay a visit to the doctor. Even in the absence of symptoms, many physicians recommend routine, yearly doctor visits, and physical examination for males of all ages. Regular health check-ups help to prevent health problems before they develop into serious health issues.

You should visit your doctor regularly, even if you feel healthy because these visits help to:

  1. Assess your risk for future medical problems

  2. Screen for medical issues

  3. Encourage a healthy lifestyle

  4. Update vaccinations

  5. Help you get to know your provider in case of an illness

Here is a list of recommended health and medical checks that should be performed by men at various age groups.

HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR MEN AGES 18 TO 39

  1. Physical Exam

  2. Blood Pressure Screening

  3. Cholesterol Screening and Heart Disease Prevention

  4. Diabetes Screening

  5. Dental Exam

  6. Eye Exam

  7. Immunizations

  8. Infectious Disease Screening

  9. Testicular Exam

HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR MEN AGES 40 TO 64

Apart from those mentioned in the above age group, these tests are further recommended in this age group.

  1. Colorectal Cancer Screening

  2. Osteoporosis Screening

  3. Prostate Cancer Screening

  4. Lung Cancer Screening

HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR MEN OVER AGE 65

Apart from those mentioned in the above age group, these tests are further recommended in this age group.

  1. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

  2. Hearing Test

A brief note on individual tests:

•    Physical examination is recommended every year and helps to check height, weight, and BMI. During the physical exam, the doctor may also ask you about depression, diet and exercise, alcohol and tobacco use, safety, etc.

•    Blood pressure should be checked at least once every 2 years in men aged 18 to 39 and every year in other age groups. In case of any other health conditions (diabetes, heart disease, and kidney problems) it should be repeated more often.

•    Recommended starting ages for cholesterol screening are between 20 and 35 for men. Men with normal cholesterol levels do not need to have the test repeated for 5 years. In the case of other health conditions (diabetes, heart disease, and kidney problems), it should be repeated more often.

•    For age groups, 45 or older diabetes screening is recommended every 3 years. However, if you have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25 (overweight) and have other risk factors (family history, high BP, etc.), you should be screened for diabetes more often.

•     Visiting the dentist once or twice every year for an exam and cleaning is recommended for this age group. Your dentist will evaluate if you need more frequent visits.

•    Men should have an eye exam every 2 to 4 years and every 1 to 3 years for ages 55 to 64. A doctor may recommend more frequent eye exams in case of vision problems or glaucoma risk. Diabetic patients are advised to have an eye exam every year.

•    After age 19, a tetanus-diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine once as part of tetanus-diphtheria vaccines are recommended if you did not receive it as an adolescent. A tetanus-diphtheria booster is advised every 10 years. A flu shot is advised each year. Know about getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series if you have not already had it. Two doses of varicella vaccine are recommended for those who never had chickenpox or the varicella vaccine. A shingle or herpes zoster vaccination is recommended after age 50. A pneumococcal vaccine is recommended for those who are 65 or older. Other immunizations may be recommended if you have certain medical conditions (diabetes).

•    Depending on your lifestyle and medical history, the doctor may recommend screening for infections like syphilis, chlamydia, and HIV, etc.

•    Colorectal cancer screening is recommended for men aged 50 to 75. If you are under age 50, you should be screened if you have a strong family history of colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, or polyps.

•    Osteoporosis screening is recommended for men aged 50 to 70. Bone mineral density testing is recommended for men aged 70 and over. However, screening is recommended for those who are at risk of osteoporosis.  Risk factors can include long-term steroid use, low body weight, smoking, heavy alcohol use, having a fracture after age 50, or a family history of osteoporosis.

•    Prostate cancer screening is recommended for most men of age 50 or older. Those with a family history of prostate cancer in a first-degree relative younger than age 65 should discuss screening at age 45.

•    Lung cancer screening is recommended annually with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and who currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

•    Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening is recommended in men aged 65 and 75 with a history of smoking. An ultrasound is done to screen for abdominal aortic aneurysms. Other men should discuss this screening with their provider.

•    A hearing test is recommended for those who have symptoms of hearing loss.

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