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Medical Check-Ups Every Guy Needs

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Unlike the fairer sex, men tend to often assume that they are healthy. Therefore just to confirm their theories they should indeed go for a medical chekup. We have compiled a list of check-ups that you should be going for. Don’t be too alarmed at how they increase as you get older!

In Your 20s

• Annual physical exam by your primary care physician, including blood pressure, and height/weight checks.
• Screening for testicular cancer, including monthly self-exams.
• Cholesterol testing every 5 years.
• Depending on your individual circumstances, your doctor may want to do an electrocardiogram to check for heart disease, and blood tests to screen for diabetes, thyroid disease, liver problems, and anemia.
• Depending on risk factors, your doctor may also recommend screening for skin cancer, oral cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV infection, and alcohol abuse.

All these should be continued throughout your lifetime, with the checks listed below being added on as age.

In Your 30s

• Screening for coronary heart disease in individuals with strong family history and/or risk factors.

In your 40s

• Screening for prostate cancer.
• Diabetes screening every 3 years over the age of 45.
• Vision examination.

In Your 50s

• Annual screening for Type II diabetes.
• Screening for lipid disorders.
• Annual electrocardiogram.
• Vision and hearing examinations.
• Screening for colon cancer with fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy at age 50.
• Screening for depression.

In Your 60s

• Discuss with your physician screening for coronary heart disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, and carotid artery ultrasound screening
• Screening for osteoporosis
• Continue colorectal screening based upon previous studies and results
• Screening for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

In Your 70s and Up

• Continue colorectal screening based upon previous studies and results. General screening until age 75. Discuss with your physician screening if aged 76-85 years old. Screening is not recommended for those greater than 85 years of age.

This is merely a guide. If you have any concerns about your health, especially due to lifestyle, habits, family history etc. you should ask your doctor for advice on how early or frequently you should be doing certain medical check-ups.

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