Most men put more time and effort into preventive maintenance for their car than they do for their own body. According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, men are 70% less likely to go to their doctor than women. Men often live 5-10 years less than women, and more than half of premature deaths in men are preventable. Men may die earlier than women due to the fact that more men smoke, drink, work in dangerous occupations and take more risks than women. Men are also less likely to seek out help for depression and four times more likely to commit suicide than women. It’s important to find a doctor you trust and establish a good relationship with him/her, so they can recommend preventive screenings based on your personal and family medical history.
Routine Medical Tests Men Should Receive:
• Blood Pressure – annually*
• Blood Glucose – at age 45 and every 3 years*
• Lipid Panel (Cholesterol tests) – every 3 years*
• Immunizations – tetanus shot every 10 years;
annual flu shot; pneumonia or other vaccines
may be needed based on age, exposure and any
pre-existing health conditions
• Skin Cancer Screening annually*
• Colonoscopy at age 50*
• Digital Rectal Exam and other prostate tests at
*Screening may be done sooner or more often depending on age, family history or if symptoms present.
Warning Signs Men Shouldn’t Ignore:
• Changes in bowel or bladder habits including blood in the stool or urine
• Impotence or erectile dysfunction
• Chronic pain in hips, thighs or lower back
• Unusual lumps or changes in color, shape, size or texture of moles or warts
• Recurrent chest pains or headaches
• Nagging cough
• Unexplained weight loss
• Extreme fatigue
If you identify any of the above symptoms, see your doctor immediately for further evaluation. Eating a healthy diet, being physically active, maintaining a normal weight, limiting alcohol and avoiding tobacco are just a few of the simple steps you can take to maintain your health. You can buy a new car when it no longer works, but you only get one body and it needs to last a lifetime! Source: Men’s Health Network.
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