Published on November 18, 2021

Men’s Health: What exams to get and when 

Mens Health MonthMen’s Health Month is celebrated each June to bring awareness to preventable health problems and promote early detection and treatment of disease in men and boys. It is important for both men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury, but critical for men ages 40 to 64 to visit their healthcare provider annually – at least! Annual visits screen for medical issues, access risk for future medical problems, encourage a healthy lifestyle, update vaccinations, and prompt sharing of issues you may be facing. Even if you feel fine, you should see your provider for regular checkups.

According to MedlinePlus, men in the 40-64 age range specifically should participate in the following screenings and exams:

  • Blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Normal blood pressure is crucial for proper blood flow from the heart to the body’s organs and tissue. Blood pressure screenings are performed with a cuff.
  • Cholesterol screenings. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is found in all the cells in your body. There is a blood test that measures cholesterol levels. Both cholesterol and blood pressure screenings provide insight to heart health and can discover or prevent other conditions.
  • Colorectal cancer screening. Colorectal cancer does not always show symptoms early and occurs when tumors form in the lining of the large intestine. Colorectal cancer screenings usually include a colonoscopy.
  • Prostate cancer screening. The prostate is the gland below a man’s bladder that produces fluid for semen. Cancer screening looks for cancer before you have any symptoms as cancer found early may be easier to treat. Screenings for prostate cancer include the digital rectal exam and the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test.
  • Diabetes screening. Diabetes occurs when your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. Having too much glucose in your blood for an extended period can cause serious health issues. A blood test can be conducted to screen for diabetes.
  • Eye exam. MedlinePlus recommends eye exams every 2 to 4 years for ages 40 to 54 and every 1 to 3 years ages 55 to 64. More frequent exams may be required if you have vision problems or are at risk for glaucoma.
  • Immunizations. Getting the flu shot each year is recommended, and the pneumococcal and shingles vaccines ay be recommended by your healthcare provider.

The screenings mentioned should be conducted and prompted by your doctor during annual checkups – another reason why visiting your provider annually is so important!

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