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Wellness Health Checks For Men

 

Health checks today are too focused on diagnosing sickness rather than health. Health checks may include:

 

Typical Screening Tests For Men

  • Obesity: Body mass index (BMI) calculated to screen for obesity.
  • Cholesterol: regular cholesterol checks starting at age 35. Especially if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, you smoke or have a family history of heart disease
  • Blood Pressure: at least every 2 years. High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher.
  • Prostate Cancer - most men develop some degree of prostate cancer. In healthy men with balanced hormones, the body can deal with the very early stages effectively. Regular PSA checks for prostate cancer should be part of male health checks over age 40.
  • Colorectal Cancer: starting at age 50. Earlier if you have a family history of colorectal cancer.
  • Diabetes: especially if you are overweight, have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections: regular checks for signs of gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, or other sexually transmitted infections.
  • HIV: if you are being treated for an STD, have had a blood transfusion between 1978 and 1985, had sex with men since 1975, unprotected sex with multiple partners, have used or now use injection drugs or have current or past sex partners with any of these behaviours.
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: ages of 65 and 75 and have ever smoked 100 or more cigarettes during your lifetime.

 

Wellness Evalutions

Wellness evaluations look at overall lifestyle factors - things you do and don't do on a daily basis.

Don’t smoke – if you do, find a way to stop. Quit Smoking Now. http://www.smokefree.gov. National Quitline: 1-800-QUITNOW.

Be Physically Active – at least 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise - walking briskly, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming, and bicycling.

Eat a Healthy Diet - you know the one: higher in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars. For healthy eating guidelines.

Stay at a Healthy Weight – watch the balance of calories you consume to calories you expend. Prevent gradual weight gain over time by making small decreases in intake and increase physical activity.

Drink Alcohol Only in Moderation - no more than two ‘standard’ drinks a day. A standard drink is: one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler, one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.

Consider Dietary Supplements – to maintain normal body process health
Use medication appropriately – don’t resist appropriate medicinal care. Take aspirin daily over age 45 and be smart about flu vaccinations over 50 and pneumonia shots after 65.

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Further Resources

Immunizations - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Pocket Guide to Good Health for Adults

The Pocket Guide to Staying Healthy at 50+

Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP) - clinical preventive services, such as screening tests, preventive medications, and counseling

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