Men, when was the last time you went in for a routine check up? Men tend to put off going to the doctor until an emergency situation arises. Take a proactive approach to your health—don’t miss the following recommended screenings.
High cholesterol increases your risk for heart disease, which is a leading cause of death for men. There are no symptoms for high cholesterol levels, so it’s important to get your cholesterol levels checked at the doctor with a simple blood test at least every five years starting at age 35.
2. Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can cause heart attack, stroke, or even kidney failure. All men should have their blood pressure checked at least every two years. A blood pressure screening is simple, quick, and painless.
Diabetes is a serious disease that affects your body’s ability to use or produce insulin. More than 1 in 3 Americans has prediabetes, a warning sign for diabetes. Take this simple risk test right now to find out if you have a predisposition to prediabetes. Men should get tested for diabetes every three years beginning at age 45.
4. Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Symptoms of colorectal cancer are not typically present until the cancer reaches an advanced stage. Experts recommend getting a colorectal health screening every three to 10 years—depending on the screening method—if you’re over the age of 50.
5. Prostate Cancer
Research shows that 1 in every 9 men will face a prostate cancer diagnosis during his lifetime. If you have a family history of prostate cancer, get an annual prostate exam beginning at age 40. If you’re 50 or older and at average risk, talk with your doctor about getting a routine prostate cancer screening.
Routine medical screenings can help you catch medical issues early and identify your risk for future problems. Schedule a wellness exam with a primary care physician from Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group today to receive your routine screenings.
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