Health Checks Every Man Needs to Make

Health Checks Every Man Needs to Make


The sheer number of ailments, illnesses and conditions that seem to affect men more than women is scary for many. From heart disease to lung cancer and suicidal thoughts to strokes, men are more likely to suffer from these issues than women. Add in those ailments like erectile dysfunction, testicular cancer and prostate cancer that affect only men and the number of possible negative diagnosis from your doctor increase drastically.

Traditionally, women live longer than men by an average of five years, according to the Center for Disease Control. This could be due in part to many things, but most importantly; women tend to visit the doctor more often when issues come up, whereas most men expect things to get better with time. While this is the case some of the time, more often than not, it isn’t. In these cases, small problems can lead to dangerous conditions, which often lead to fatal consequences. One way for men to try and live longer than women is to go to the doctor regularly (especially in their later years), and to perform several checks ranging from at-home private checks to those a visit to the doctor are required for.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

For any many that has had sex with numerous partners, with or without protection, a yearly STD check is something that should be done yearly. If you are sexually active and practice unsafe sex with different partners throughout the year, you may want to get checked more than once a year. Some STDs can be treated and some are untreatable, but the earliest you know you may have an STD, the sooner you can try to get healthy again. According to the CDC, the five STDs you should be most worried about include HIV/AIDS, herpes, syphilis, hepatitis and gonorrhea.

Watch Your Waist

One of the most common problems for men as they age is they start to gain inches and weight around their belly. This area is a problematic one and added belly weight can often be the start of something more severe. If you feel like you are gaining weight around your waist, you might need to adjust your diet and workout regime. As long as you are working off more calories each day than you ingest, you should be on your way to losing that extra weight again. If you can keep the weight off your tummy, you can cut your chances of developing diabetes or heart disease.

Check Your Hair

As men get older, it is common to see a receding hairline when you look in the mirror. This is something that can’t be avoided for many men simply because of their genes. If your father, grandfather and great grandfather were all bald, there is a large chance this will happen to you as well. If your hairline starts to recede, don’t begin to worry, rather you should watch for your hair falling out in clumps in different areas of your head. This can be for a number of reasons including stress and low hormones levels. When the levels of certain hormones begin to get low, your white blood cells can interfere with the growth of hair by attacking the hair follicles.

Teeth and Oral Check

This check is something that is important for many reasons. First off, if there is a sore in your mouth that seems to not want to go away, you should seek out the opinion of a medical professional immediately. A sore that doesn’t go away could be more than just a sore, as it could be a cancerous lump. You should also see your dentist at least once a year to get your teeth cleaned and examined. Failure to do so can lead to many serious problems including the need for a root canal if you let a cavity attack your teeth.

Blood Pressure

Getting your blood pressure checked is one of the most important checks for men of any age. If your family has a history of high blood pressure, you already have the deck stacked against you. You should have this checked at least once every two years, or more frequently if your doctor recommends that. Even if you check your blood pressure every so often at the grocery store, it is better to get any kind of screening. If you get your blood pressure checked this way, you should call your doctor if your top number (or systolic number) is greater than 130 or your bottom number (or diastolic number) is greater than 85. If you suffer from other conditions and health problems such as anything with your heart or kidneys, you should speak with your doctor about how often you should have your blood pressure checked.

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