Everyone knows the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and getting regular health checks. But in some cases, men can be notorious for avoiding the doctor and ignoring symptoms. Regular health checks can mean the difference between life and death.
The home doctor experts at House Call Doctor have put together a list of health checks you should have regularly.
Heart health check
If you have certain heart disease risk factors, your doctor may recommend these health checks:
- Blood pressure checks: every two years if your blood pressure is normal, or yearly if you are over 40, your blood pressure is high or you have a personal or family history
- Blood tests: to check cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels
- Obesity tests: body mass index (BMI) and waist measurement every two years.
Your doctor may recommend that you be tested for type 2 diabetes if you have risk factors like pre-diabetes, a family history, are overweight or obese, just to name a few. The fasting blood sugar test will measure the amount of glucose in your blood after you have fasted and determine whether you are at risk of diabetes.
Prostate cancer screening
If you’re between the ages of 50 and 70 a prostate test may be appropriate depending on your general health, level of concern, symptoms and risk factors. Ask your GP for advice on whether you need to get tested.
Bowel cancer screening
Did you know that up to 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated if they are detected early? The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program offers free bowel cancer detection kits.
Eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are more common with age. It is recommended that you get your eyes tested every year.
Bone density check
Even though osteoporosis is more common in women, it does affect men as well. A bone density test can help to determine the health of your bones and is strongly recommended for people over 60 years of age.
Home health checks
There are health checks you can do at home as part of your regular routine. This way, you can take charge of your own health and pick up potential problems early.
- Skin checks: check your skin regularly for unusual moles or freckles and look for any changes in the colour, size or shape of any spots.
- Dental care: clean your teeth regularly and try to eat a low-sugar diet to reduce your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss.
- Testicular self-examination: from puberty onwards, check your testicles regularly for unusual thickenings or lumps.
If you have any concerns, House Call Doctor recommends you see your local GP.