Why is it that men are reluctant to make regular medical checkups a priority in their life? Is it an ego thing? – “I’m fit, healthy and strong, I don’t need to go to the doctor”. Or maybe women’s health issues are much more publicized and focused on.
Whatever the reason, regular health checks – apart from the normal visit to the GP are a must for all, especially after the age of 40. Regular medical checkups will ensure you are healthier and also may pick up on symptoms of disease early enough so that treatment can provide a better outcome.
An annual visit to the GP should include blood tests which will check cholestoral levels, sugar levels (diabetes) and general discussions including family health history. Blood tests can identify your risk level and you can then take steps to improve diet and increase exercise to reduce the risk of developing heart disease or Type 2 diabetes.
Here are 5 top health checks men should be having in addition to their normal physical
1. Prostate Cancer
According to the Prostate Screen Australia, one out of every nine men will develop prostate cancer at some point in their life. Although not pleasant to think about, early detection usually have positive outcomes.
Read more : http://www.prostatescreenaustralia.com.au/Prostate-Cancer/Why-get-tested
2. Bowel Cancer
Australia has one of the highest rates of Bowel Cancer, and rises sharply from the age of 50. Family history can play a part so you should be aware of your family medical history if possible. A colonoscopy is usually performed if normal screening shows abnormal signs.
This is sometimes directed mainly to women however men can suffer from the condition also. If you are deficient in calcium you are at higher risk. Reduced bone density is a major risk factor in bone fractures especially as we age.
Read more: http://www.osteoporosis.org.au/men
Being overweight, having high blood pressure, family history and age all increase the chances of Type 2 Diabetes. Leading a healthy and active lifestyle can help to minimize the chances of having Type 2 Diabetes. This means diet and exercise must become a regular part of life.
5. Eye Tests
Apart from eye sight becoming weaker and the need to wear glasses increases there are other eye tests that you should have. Cataracts, Glaucoma and Macular degeneration are also problems that can occur as we age. An annual checkup at the optometrist is a good start. If there are any problems they will refer you to an opthamologist. Read more: http://www.visionaustralia.org/
Of course this post is only a prompt to seek medical advice. I am not an expert so read the material and then make an appointment to discuss your medical plan with your doctor.
Now before you do anything else make that appointment with your G.P. today!