May 28, 2022 Healthy Living

Men’s guide to good health at any age

June is Men’s Health Month, so there’s no better time to talk about the importance of staying healthy for yourself and your loved ones.

Eating healthy and exercising is a great way to keep your health on track, but you can’t forget about regular doctor visits for preventive care.

If the idea of going to the doctor doesn’t sound very appealing, you’re not alone. A national study by Cleveland Clinic found that 72 percent of men would rather do household chores than go to the doctor.

Sorry guys, but it’s time to put down the sponge, pick up the phone, and make an appointment.

Keep reading to see what screenings you should discuss with your doctor:

Men ages 21-39

Men in this age range should get an annual physical where your doctor can check your:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Blood pressure
  • And recommend any preventive health screenings for you

Men ages 40-69

Men in this age range should continue to get their annual physical consisting of the above screenings as well as:

  • Cholesterol screening annually (from age 45)
  • Colorectal cancer screening (age 45-75)
  • Prostate cancer screening (talk with your doctor about your specific need for testing)

Men age 70+

As you get older, you should continue to see your primary care doctor for your annual physical. They will also recommend any screenings for cancer that you should receive.

Regardless of age, you should be screened for sexually transmitted infections (if sexually active), get a dental exam and cleaning every six months, and get a regular eye exam.

Be prepared

man talks to medical professional

Download the preventive care checklist for easy reference when speaking with your health care provider.

Now is the time to invest in yourself so you can live your healthiest life, and do those household chores for years to come.

Are you in need of a doctor? Find-A-Doc can help you find a primary care provider accepting new patients.

Disclaimer:

No matter your gender identity, preventive care is recommended in the presence of associated body parts, for example prostate.


Elise Shaver
About Author

Elise Shaver joined CDPHP® in February 2021 as a marketing communications coordinator. A native of the Capital Region, Elise earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Siena College. She brings several years of experience in both the marketing and not-for-profit industry. Elise enjoys the outdoors, gardening, and spending time with her family.

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