5 Health check-ups every man should do (especially if you’re 25 and older)

   

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5 Health Check Ups Men

Surveys have shown that men are less likely to visit a doctor or go for regular check-ups. Let’s change that. Take a look at the 5 health check-ups you should be getting, especially as a male 25 years and older.

While many of us like to keep our heads down and only visit the doctor when it’s absolutely necessary, this isn’t always the best idea. Going for regular health checks is preventative and if there is a health concern, it’s more likely to be caught early.

Studies have shown that on average men pass away approximately 5 years earlier than their wives. This is often attributed to biological factors but regular health checks are a necessity to stay ahead of any potential health concerns, especially as you get older.

There are a few health check-ups that are imperative for men over the age of 25.

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Health checks men 25 and older should be getting

1. Cholesterol

Medical research has proven that you should get your cholesterol checked every 4-6 years but if you suffer from some health conditions like diabetes or a heart condition, it is advised to have your cholesterol assessed more often.

Other factors like if you smoke, if you’re overweight or if you have a genetic history of high cholesterol in your family means you should have your cholesterol checked more often and from a younger age. 

Your cholesterol levels can be assessed by simple blood tests which looks at 3 parameters; good cholesterol, bad cholesterol, and triglycerides. 

High levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and strokes. On average, a total cholesterol level of 125-200 mg/dL is considered healthy.

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2. Blood pressure

Blood pressure is the force of circulating blood on the walls of the arteries. If you have high blood pressure, you are at risk of health conditions like heart or kidney disease or the potential of having a stroke.

High blood pressure is caused by a variety of factors, such as (but not limited to);

  • If you’re overweight
  • Consuming too much salt without eating enough fruits and veggies
  • If you’re not physically active
  • Drinking too much alcohol or coffee (or other caffeine-based drinks)
  • If you smoke
  • High-stress levels for a prolonger period of time

You can easily measure your blood pressure at home using a blood pressure monitor if you have one. The reading will have two numbers; the first is the systolic measurement (measured when the heart beats and when your blood pressure is at its highest) and the second is the diastolic measurement (measured between heartbeats, when blood pressure is at its lowest).

A healthy blood pressure range is 120/80 mm Hg or less. If you have a high reading, chat to a doctor. One high reading does not automatically mean you have high blood pressure but if your readings are consistently high, you will need some medical assistance.

3. Diabetes

Did you know, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men are at a higher risk of getting diabetes than women?

As you get older, the risk of getting diabetes increases but you should be tested for diabetes approximately every 3 years.

There are 2 major types of diabetes;

  • Type 1: A chronic condition where the pancreas produces little or no insulin
  • Type 2: A chronic condition that affects the way your body processes blood sugar (glucose)

Some of the ways for developing high blood sugar levels (which can lead to Type 2 diabetes) include:

  • Having a family history of diabetes
  • If you’re highly overweight
  • Having a blood pressure above 130/80 mm Hg

4. Eye exam

Many people neglect the health of their eyes and don’t really think about going for regular eye tests. Yet many of us spend our days with our eyes glued to TVs, laptops or cellphones (all of which can impact your eyesight).

If you are one of those people with their eyes stuck to various screens, think about blinking every 20-30 seconds, this naturally lubricates your eyes and will prevent discomfort. It may also be worth it to invest in a pair of blue-light filter glasses as well.

It’s important to get your eyes tested at least every 2-4 years and every 1-3 years when you’re older than 55 years.

5. Prostate

Prostate cancer is no joke. According to Prostate Cancer UK, more than 47 500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. That equates to about 129 men every day.

It is mostly a slow-growing form of cancer but some forms of it can be more aggressive. You are more susceptible to having prostate cancer if you have a family history of it. It is imperative to have regular screenings for prostate cancer so that it can be caught early enough if you do have it. 

It’s a great idea to chat to your doctor about your risk when it comes to prostate cancer and how frequently you should have a prostate exam. 

The past few years, especially with the pandemic, have taught us that we really need to prioritise our health. Start this new year stronger than ever by getting all of your health checks out of the way. Your health is one of the most important things about you and we want you to take it seriously.

 

Yours in hassle-free health insurance,

Oneplan


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