Men's Health Checkup Journey
November is men’s health month, it is important to take a second to reflect to see if you have had sufficient checkups on your health.
Having consistent checkups prevents illnesses from either occurring or exacerbating.
Checking in with your GP or health specialist can help you understand what to expect in the future concerning your general health. Different health checkups are recommended at different ages, which are detailed below.
Screening Tests For Men in their 20s and 30s
The types of cancers common in men are prostate, skin, colorectal, and lung cancer. Like most illnesses, cancer can be detected in its earlier stages and prevented from developing with regular GP checkups.
Men’s Blood pressure should be checked at least twice a year, and more if you are at risk of high blood pressure or hypertension.
High cholesterol can be detected through a blood test. Keeping tabs on your cholesterol ensures that blood is flowing properly through your arteries. Rising cholesterol can be difficult to detect as there are no tell-tale symptoms. Therefore, regular checkups are suggested to avoid the risk of heart disease.
Sexually Transmitted Disease
Diseases transmitted sexually can be screened through blood, oral fluid, and urine. The most common to get tested for are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Throughout the year, new relationships can develop or end. No matter whether you are single or newly partnered, it is
responsible to maintain checkups, not only to track your sexual health but to also help end the spread of the disease.
Screening for Men in their 40s and 50s
Sexually transmitted disease
Type 2 Diabetes
- Checkups to Get by Age
Blood pressure should be checked every 2 years regardless of age.
- Cholesterol should be checked every 5 years starting at 35.
- Age 45-75: get a colonoscopy every 10 years.
- Dentist: once or twice per year at all ages.
- If you are 50-60 and have risk factors for osteoporosis, talk to your GP about your individual
recommended screening schedule.
- Eye exam
40-54: every 2-4 years
55-64: every 1-3 years
Have an eye exam every year if you have been diagnosed with diabetes
- Screening Tests For Men in their 60s and Up
Making your health a priority is so important, If you don't have a GP then the first step is to find a GP that you can go to for your regular health checks. If you need help with your musculoskeletal health our Osteopaths can help and we can guide you in the right direction to make sure you are having your regular health checks with your GP.