Things Men Should Have Checked

Blood Pressure Check Up:
Your health care provider will perform a physical exam and check your blood pressure. Your blood pressure should be checked during every visit to your doctor. Checking it at your yearly checkup will set a baseline.
Hypertension is the term used to describe high blood pressure. If you have heart or kidney problems, or if you had a stroke, your doctor may want your blood pressure to be even lower than that of people who do not have these
conditions. You are more likely to be told your blood pressure is too high as you get older. This is because your blood vessels become stiffer as you age. When that happens, your blood pressure goes up. High blood pressure increases your chance of having a stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, and early death.
Cholesterol Level Test:
With today’s diet and lifestyle your regular doctor check up should include a cholesterol level test. If your cholesterol is found to be high there are steps you can take to improve their cholesterol levels, and help prevent heart disease and heart attack. The medical term for high blood cholesterol and triglycerides is lipid disorder. Such a disorder occurs when you have too many fatty substances in your blood. These substances include cholesterol and triglycerides.
Prostate Check:
Starting at age 50, males should have a digital exam of their prostate. The physician uses a gloved finger in the rectum to determine if there is any enlargement of the prostate. Enlargement could indicate benign enlargement or even cancer.
Prostate specific antigen (PSA) is a blood test that can be helpful in detecting prostate cancer. There is some controversy, however, about the value of the PSA test and whether is should be done routinely for men over a certain age. Ask your health care provider whether he/she recommends a PSA in your specific situation.
Colon and Rectum Exam:
Colorectal cancer almost always develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps, so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best.
A Fecal Occult Blood Test should also be done yearly as blood in the stool can be an early indication of colorectal cancer.
In addition if you are under 40, your doctor will give you a testicular exam. He may also probably ask you to turn your head and cough while he holds onto your testicals to check if you have a hernia.
Overweight or Obesity:
In addition to seeing the health care provider regularly, you should try to maintain your weight at a comfortable, health level and do frequent physical activity or get regular exercise. The best way to learn if you are overweight or obese is to find your body mass index (BMI). You can find your BMI by entering your height and weight into a BMI calculator. A BMI between 18.5 and 25 indicates a normal weight. Persons with a BMI of 30 or higher may be obese.
Eye Check Up:
It is important for men to have eye exams on a regular basis to check for certain problems. Your eye test may take from half an hour to an hour. It will evaluate both your vision and the health of your eyes. Regular eye exams are critical for detecting conditions such as: Glaucoma, Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Cataracts, and Diabetic retinopathy. When you attend your eye test, take your glasses and/or contact lenses, if you use them, and sunglasses for the trip home as your pupils may be dilated.
Dental Examination:
A dental examination, also called an intraoral examination, includes an inspection of your teeth and surrounding tissues of the oral cavity including; all surfaces of the tongue, the salivary glands and ducts, and the lymph nodes of the neck. Regular dental examinations (ideally every 6 months) are very important and help you to maintain a healthy mouth. The process allows the dentist to check for early signs of dental problems, such as decay or gum diseases like periodontal disease. A complete dental exam should also consist of a complete series of x-rays.
Recommended Male Health Check Ups by Age:
Check Up for Males 20 and Younger:
Full dental check up every 6 months.
Eye examination every 2 years. Yearly if you currently have eyesight problems.
Blood pressure should be checked every 2 1⁄2 years (once a year 20 and older).
Complete physical examination including; quantitative blood check, urine test, cholesterol and stool test.
20 to 50 Years of Age:
Dental examination every 6 months or as recommended by your dentist.
Eye check up every 2 years – Yearly if you currently have eyesight problems.
Do a regular complete physical examination every 3 years or as recommended by your doctor.
Blood pressure check every 2 1⁄2 years or once a year if you are at a risk of high blood pressure problems.
Have a cholesterol check and repeat the test every 3 years or as recommended by your healthcare provider.
Have a colon and rectal exam once a year after you reach the age of 40, (Those at risk of colon conditions should have an occult blood test yearly or go for sigmoidoscopy every 3 to 5 years. If at risk of prostate cancer you should have the screening every year after 45 years).
Health Check for Males Aged 50 and Older:
Blood pressure should be checked yearly.
Dental check every 6 months or as recommended by your dentist.
Have a cholesterol blood test every 3 to 5 years if it is normal or as recommended by your doctor.
A check up of the colon should be performed every 3 to 5 years as well as a check for prostate specific antigen once a year.
Have a regular physical examination every 1 to 2 years up to the age of 65. If you have diabetes or hypertension or are at risk of either, you should have the regular eye check at least every year.

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