Diagnosing health problems early on is a crucial part of sorry men staying healthy. This can be ensured by subjecting yourself to regular health screenings as recommended by your doctor. Nearly 26% of men in the USA do not have a regular source of proper healthcare as per the data of the National Center for Health Statistics.
It’s time to amend these problems with the five most essential health screenings men should do.
Our bodies begin to get affected by a variety of health issues by the time we are 35 and that is the time men must begin getting themselves regularly checked for blood cholesterol levels. However, if your family has a history of heart diseases, or if you already suffer from problems like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., you must get yourself screened even earlier than that.
The percentage of obesity among men between 20-39 in the USA is 40.3% as per the statistics issued in 2020. Obesity further leads to a host of other healthcare problems like heart diseases. A BMI calculator is an effective way to measure your body mass index and this is something you can do on your own. If your BMI is high, you must consult a doctor who will determine whether you are overweight or obese.
Another health concern that plagues the population is blood pressure. Men must keep a check on their blood pressure and take the necessary medication to keep it at bay. A check-up every two years is ideal if your blood pressure is within the normal range. However, in the event that it is diagnosed to be higher, you will need to get it screened more frequently.
Mental health problems have also been a taboo topic especially when it concerns men. On average, 1 in 8 men is said to suffer from depression every year and most of them remain untreated. If you have experienced the following symptoms, we suggest you get a screening for depression as well.
- Decreased energy
- Feeling ‘blue’ or sad most of the time
- Change in appetite and sleep patterns
- Frequent splurges of guilt feelings
- Low esteem or confidence
- Difficulty in concentrating
Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer found in men followed by colon cancer. If you are a man, get yourself health screened for both. Those who are recommended to undergo screening for prostate cancer usually opt for either of the two methods- a digital rectal examination or a prostate-specific antigen test.
A colonoscopy, on the other hand, takes only 15 to 20 minutes and can diagnose cancer at a treatable stage. It is entirely possible to detect and remove the precancerous growths before they turn malignant.
While it’s a cliche, the saying ‘better safe than sorry’ holds a lot of value and truth, especially when it comes to health screenings. Make it regular and take care of your health while it’s still possible.