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Men's Health and the Proper Health Screenings

Posted: 6/11/2012 3:07 PM by Interim HealthCare
Men’s Health Week is June 11 through 17. The purpose of the national event is to put a spotlight on the preventable health problems faced by men and encourage them to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.
 
Getting the proper screening or tests is one way that men can take charge of their own health. Here are a few of the tests and conditions that all men should discuss with their health care provider:
 
18 and Older
Have your blood pressure checked every two years to help prevent coronary artery disease, strokes, heart attacks, kidney and eye problems, and heart failure. If you have high blood pressure, you should also be tested for diabetes.
 
35 and Older
Have your cholesterol checked. However, if you have a family history of heart disease, you have diabetes or high blood pressure, you use tobacco or you are overweight, testing should begin at age 20.
 
50 and OIder
Get screened for colorectal cancer. If you have a family history of colon cancer, ask your doctor if you should start testing earlier.
 
65 and Older
Talk to your doctor about being screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)—a bulging in your abdominal aorta, which if it bursts can cause dangerous bleeding and death.
 
Any Age
Emotional Issues—Talk to your doctor if you have experienced symptoms of depression such as hopelessness or loss of interest in normal activities.
 
HIV—If you have had unprotected sex with multiple partners, sex with men, are being treated for a sexually transmitted disease (STD), use injection drugs or have had a sex partner who has a STD or injects drugs, ask your health care provider about HIV screening.
 
Obesity—If you are overweight or obese, ask your doctor or nurse for help in changing your behaviors to prevent diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
 
Syphilis—Ask your health care provider if you should be tested for this STD.
 
Healthy aging is possible. If you have more questions about your health, Interim HealthCare provides a resources page with links to the National Institute of Aging, a variety of national health organizations and links for senior-based news.
 

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