A routine medical check up is an advisable undertaking for every man. This is particularly important the older you get. The popular saying goes ‘ life begins at 40’, well, so do many diseases that afflict men.
It is unarguable that prevention is better than cure so men need to be serious about finding out about preventable diseases by attending a medical check up. If you’re a woman reading this, encourage the men in your life to go get a check up.
So now that your mind is made up (or made up for you), what are some things that you should be aware of and ensure your doctor checks.
You should get baseline numbers for the following heart disease risk factors:
– Weight (BMI)
– Blood pressure
– Blood sugar
If you are a smoker and over the age of 50, you may need a lung cancer screen. You should also get help and advice to quit smoking.
Also at this age you may need to undergo screening tests for bowel cancer. This is particularly the case if there’s any family history of bowel cancer.
Another cancer that is common in men is prostate cancer. Your doctor may examine your prostate to screen for this. Also discus with your doctor if there is a need for you to get a blood test to screen for it. This test is known as a PSA (prostate specific antigen). It’s use as routine screening is not fully agreed upon and should be personalized to your own case.
There are other things to be checked but the above cover the biggest killers of men these days.
Attend your doctor today to get a check up to make sure you’re in good health. If you have already had a check up. Remember to keep track of your details and attend your doctor at least once a year to update your health.
Remember that prevention is always better than cure.