Top health screenings for men
June is Men’s Health Month, a good reminder that scheduling routine health checkups is one of the most important things men can do for their overall health. If it’s been awhile since your last physical exam, now is a good time to schedule one. It’s the perfect opportunity to review your health history with your doctor and get important health screenings.
Routine tests and screenings can identify problems early, often before symptoms appear, and when they may be easier to treat. The tests you get may depend on your health, your age, and doctor recommendations. Certain risk factors, such as family history or current health conditions, may call for more frequent screenings. Talk to your doctor about any additional health screenings and tests you may need.
Eight important health screenings for men
- Blood pressure. High blood pressure, also referred to as hypertension, often has no symptoms and, if left untreated, may increase the chance of stroke, kidney disease and heart disease. High blood pressure often increases with age and may be controlled with medication prescribed by your doctor.
- Cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol can cause plaque to build up in your arteries and may raise your risk for a stroke or heart attack.
- Diabetes. Approximately one third of Americans have type 2 diabetes and don’t know it. Left untreated, diabetes can lead to heart disease, blindness, kidney disease and nerve damage.
- Colorectal cancer. A colonoscopy may detect colon cancer early, when it’s most treatable. The American Cancer Society recommends a baseline test starting at age 50.
- Skin cancer. Melanoma is one of the most common types of cancer among men, and the risk increases with age. Have your provider check your skin carefully during your physical and be sure to notify your doctor of any changes to your skin.
- Vision. Glaucoma is an eye disease, often with no symptoms, that gradually damages the optic nerve and can lead to vision loss. Those with high blood pressure or a family history of diabetes may be at higher risk for developing glaucoma.
- Testicular cancer. While not as common as other types of cancer, most cases occur in men between the ages of 24 and 40. This test is usually part of a routine physical exam.
- Depression. During your routine checkup, your provider can test you for depression and provide treatment and resources to help you manage your symptoms.
Preventive steps to help keep you well
Many factors that can lead to health problems may be preventable. Talk to your doctor about healthy lifestyle changes you can make, such as maintaining a healthy weight, reducing stress, exercising more, eating a healthy diet — even improving your sleep.
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