Men below 40 feel healthy, vibrant, and sometimes invincible. Many of these men neglect to see a doctor for basic health screenings. In some cases, these health screenings could prevent a severe future health issue. Statistically, women are 33% more likely to visit a doctor compared to men. This simple disparity cause men to die 5 years sooner and live more years with bad health. However, these simple health checks can ensure the body is in working order and even prolong life.
Keep an eye on your eyes
Although vision may feel perfect, eyesight can slowly decline with age. For some men in certain jobs, the risk factor for eye damage is higher. Therefore, doctors recommend eye exams every 2 years for ages 20 and above. For those already experiencing vision problems, a doctor will schedule an eye exam annually.
Check your blood pressure
High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease, heart attacks, kidney disease, and much more. Surprisingly, most men with high blood pressure are unaware of the issue and can show no symptoms. Men should have a blood pressure check at least once every 2 years, before age 40. A systolic number above 120 and the diastolic number above 80 are a cause for concern. Speak with a doctor for ways to reduce blood pressure.
Heart to heart
In addition to blood pressure, men should emphasize heart health. If there is a family history of heart disease, stroke, or cardiovascular disease, get screened at least once every 2 years. The doctor can perform an ECG, EKG, or blood tests to check for heart disease and other dangerous conditions.
Search for skin cancer signs
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Men are also twice as likely to develop a more severe melanoma than women. Skin cancer checks are the easiest of all, right in front of the mirror. Check for malformation or changes on already existing marks. If something looks unusual, set an appointment with a dermatologist for a complete exam.
Testicular and fertility checks
A testicular exam is recommended at least once a year to catch signs of testicular cancer. These tests can range from an at-home self-test to a medical exam. If there is a history of testicular cancer, more frequent screenings may be required. If a man is also trying to start a family without success, a fertility check is necessary before age 40. The assessment will review sperm count, sperm quality, and even hormone levels. From there, the proper treatment can begin.
Check your cholesterol and blood sugar
Too much cholesterol can lead to health complications, including heart disease. From age 20 and beyond, the risk of men’s cholesterol increases. See a doctor or pharmacist for cholesterol checks every 5 years. Blood sugar checks are just as necessary to detect diabetes. For men with a BMI of 25 and over, the risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases is much higher. Make sure to check blood sugar yearly.
Keep health top of mind
Aside from the health screenings mentioned above, one of the most effective ways to prevent diseases is to have a healthier lifestyle. Focus on regular exercise, a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and having enough sleep. These habits should start as early as possible, so healthy decisions become more manageable with age. Avoiding habits like smoking and excess drinking can significantly improve your overall well-being. Healthy or not, see a doctor perform these health screenings accordingly.