Regular checkups and screenings can help you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. In recognition of Men’s Health Month, here are a few important guidelines for staying on top of your health.
Blood Pressure Screening
- Beginning at age 20, have your blood pressure checked every year. If you have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, consider getting screened for diabetes. That sceening may include a blood test and a urine test.
- Most men should have their cholesterol checked every year starting at age 35. But you may need to have your cholesterol checked earlier if you use tobacco, are overweight or obese, have diabetes or high blood pressure, have a history of heart disease, or if a man in your family had a heart attack before the age of 50.
- Men should have their first colonoscopy at age 50. If there is a family history of colon cancer, talk to your doctor about having a colonoscopy at an earlier age.
- If you are 45 years or older, consider talking to your doctor about screenings for prostate cancer.
- If you are 20-39, get a physical exam every three years.
- If you are 40-49, get a physical exam every two years.
- Beginning at age 50, get a physical exam every year.
- Men should get annual eye exams and visit the dentist twice a year.
(Written by Tria Health Pharmacy Student Intern Lauren Titterington, Pharm.D. Candidate at the UMKC School of Pharmacy)