It is common knowledge that men are not rushing to the doctor’s office for their annual checkups. Sadly, not scheduling regular checkups can lead to undiagnosed illness, and in some cases, premature death. Annual checkups are vitally important to maintaining optimal health. While married men often depend on their spouses to schedule annual checkups for them, single men oftentimes don’t get their annual checkups at all. Fellas, it is time to make your health a priority and if you haven’t already done so, pick up the phone and schedule your annual physical today. These five key screenings are recommended for men:
- Blood Pressure: All adult males should receive blood pressure screenings once a year. If your numbers are high, your doctor will probably suggest some dietary and physical activity changes. Listen to your doctor and implement any advice immediately.
- Diabetes: One-third of Americans have undiagnosed diabetes, which can lead to stroke and heart disease. If you are genetically predisposed to diabetes or start showing symptoms, ask your doctor for a diabetes test as soon as possible.
- Cholesterol: Men under 40 should receive a cholesterol test at least once every five years. However, those at risk for heart disease, with high levels of bad cholesterol and low levels of good cholesterol or men over 40 should be tested more often. Consult with your doctor to determine the testing frequency that is best for you.
- Prostate Cancer Screening: If you are genetically predisposed to prostate cancer or start showing symptoms, ask your doctor about prostate cancer testing. Otherwise, the recommended age for a male to start having this discussion with his doctor is between 45-50 years old.
- Colon Cancer Screening: Just like with prostate cancer screenings, if you are genetically predisposed to colon cancer or start showing symptoms, ask your doctor about colon cancer testing. Otherwise, the recommended age for a male to start having this discussion with his doctor is between 40-45 years old. We recently lost one of our South Fulton neighbors to a form of colon cancer. Keith Allen was only 42 years old; before his passing, he resolved to share his story, inspire men to get screened and spread the importance of healthy living. His wife and two children carry on his legacy and message.
I hope this information and Keith’s story encourage you to become proactive and schedule your annual checkups. The life you save may be your own!
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