Know what to Expect and Be Ready for Your Annual Health Exam
Going to the doctor is never #1 on a man’s list of “to-do’s” Knowing you can prevent a serious health issue with one yearly checkup will keep you on top of your game, and long term, keep you out of the hospital
June is National Men’s Health Awareness month! It’s a special month dedicated to educating Men about preventable health issues and encouraging health screenings that may detect preventable diseases among men. Physicians and the medical community encourage all men to seek out medical advice and possible treatment they may need for health-related issues.
Doctors like you to be prepared. Have a few questions about your health, and be ready to make needed changes in your diet and lifestyle if necessary. Changes are not easy however, the other side of the coin could be surgery, 2 weeks in a hospital and medical bills. Be proactive and choose to live and enjoy life!
Here are a few of the Top need to know health concerns according to your age
In your 20’s
Most of your health concerns are due to poor choices and poor daily habits.
#1 Do not skip your yearly physical exam
Routine checkups at this age give you a life long base line to go by. Small problems that go undetected or treated will later turn into big problems. Family health history might pop up and bite you back. Concerns include diabetes, heart health, cholesterol and mental health.
Binge drinking starts at an early age and can develop into a daily habit. This can trigger heart problems and lead to mental health issues down the road. Address poor alcohol consumption habits with a try this not that approach – find a sport or type of exercise that better serves required release of stress.
Guys in their 20’s tend to have a very high metabolism, you may appear physically fit however you are nutrient starved. Transitioning into your 30’s, this can lead to health issues like low sexual drive and poor focus. Learn the Down and dirty from one of the masters of men’s nutrition in this podcast with Shawn Stevenson & Lewis Howes. Everything you need to know about body fat, nutrition and importance of healthy lifestyle routines.
In Your 30’s and 40’s
This is the most important time to know your possible long-term health concerns and start good lifestyle habits. Preventative care will save you a lifetime of health issues. A good doctor will discuss and educate you on your yearly health maintenance program.
We mention this first. Stress unchecked will lead to all the other health problems if left unchecked. Stress is normal and can be healthy if addressed head on in a positive way. The short list of problems: High blood pressure, Diabetes, and heart disease. Protect your body with regular exercise, your mind with learning good coping skills and good nutrition.
It is advised, that men over 35 get their cholesterol checked every 5 years. Left unchecked could lead to heart disease. Men over the age of 45 are at the highest risk for Heart attacks. Take a look at this nutrient rich article for ideas about what to eat for a healthy heart diet.
#3 Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can be symptomless until the first major health incident, a heart attack. Your BP will be checked at your yearly physical. If there is a problem, your doctor will be able to track any concerns with a regular physical. Learn more about your maintenance program and BP.
50 and Older
Men moving into this stage of life can be seriously affected by cancer. Family history and lifestyles choices play a significant impact concerning risk. A yearly physical is the best way to be on top of any possible issues and address them.
#1 Heart Health
The leading cause of death for men between 45 and 54. Four simple ways to address this statistic: Visit your doctor yearly, understand diet and nutrition, exercise and healthy stress management. Your heart loves you – love your heart!
#2 Colon Cancer
90% of colon cancer appears in men over 50. It is the second leading cause of death. A simple screening can detect colon issues early and prevent serious long term health problems.
Considered the most common problem for men over 50. This may be a mild discomfort that could lead to cancer. Begin your screening at age 50 and stay on top of any potential problems in this area.
The best habit you can begin is your yearly all points inspection and physical by your favorite physician
When it comes to your vehicle, men know that procrastination concerning routine maintenance will leave you without transportation. The same holds true about your health. Men tend not to go to a doctor until something is wrong. Prevention is the key. You may realize you are slowing down or you have gained a few pounds. There is no way to know about a possible ticking time bomb with out that inspection.
Here is a short list of what to expect when you visit your physician. They will check your:
- Weight and discuss a healthy BMI for your age – Having a good baseline will benefit you long term.
- Blood Pressure and cholesterol – A good time to address your nutrition, family history and alcohol consumption habits
- Check re-occurring or nagging aches and pains – your physician might suggest a trainer to address orthopedic issues
- Testosterone and sexual health – Low T plays into bone density, energy levels, muscle mass and overall well-being.
If your car brakes down it can be fixed. If it is totaled you can replace it.
If you body brakes down, it can be fixed but, repair it is not easy and will take time and money.
If your body blows up, there is no replacing it.
Be proactive and find a physician you relate to and stay ahead of any concerns or problems.
Schedule your routine maintenance today.