Men’s Health: Make Your Health a Life-Long Priority

Men’s Health: Make Your Health a Life-Long Priority

Real men make their health a priority. Gone are the days of ignoring symptoms and ‘toughing it out.’ Men who lay a healthy foundation during their 20s are more likely to avoid preventable diseases later in life.

Despite work, family, and other challenges in your 20s, 30s, and 40s, you eat healthy, exercise, and get good sleep. You know how to manage and lower your stress. Knowing what’s most important to your health at any age can make a difference.

Regular attention to living healthy can pay off for men in their 50s and beyond. Even as your body changes and what you need to do to stay healthy evolves over time, one thing remains the same: living a healthier life and being there for yourself and your loved ones takes a lifelong commitment.

You don’t have to go it alone. Schedule a regular check-up with your doctor. It’s the best way to find diseases early on when they are easier to treat. It’s also reassuring, and will help you sleep better and get the recommended 7 to 9 hours every night.

HEALTH GUIDELINES FOR MEN OF ALL AGES

SCREENINGS AND EXAMS YOU MAY NEED

Monthly

  • Testicular self-exam

Annually

  • Physical exam that includes
    • Blood pressure check
    • Blood test
    • Vision screen
  • As you get older, it also includes
    • Cholesterol screen
    • Prostate exam
    • Eye disease screening
    • Coronary screening
    • Type 2 diabetes screening
    • Skin check

Less frequent screenings based on age, risk or specific needs include:

  • Fertility testing
  • STD testing (if sexually active)
  • Osteoporosis screening
  • Blood sugar testing
  • Colonoscopy
  • Electrocardiogram of heart activity
  • Heart disease screening

HEALTH RISKS TO BE AWARE OF

  • Testicular Cancer
    This is the most common type of cancer in younger men, and can be detected earlier with regular self-examinations.
  • High Blood Pressure
    High blood pressure is defined as 140/90 mm Hg or higher. Know your blood pressure and remember to check it regularly. Doing so can save your life.
  • Prostate and Colon Cancers
    Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in U.S. men and colon cancer comes in third. Staying at a healthy weight, not smoking, and eating a healthy diet can lower your risk. If caught early, these cancers often can be cured. Regular screening is recommended.
  • Heart Disease
    Heart disease is the leading killer of men and is linked to atherosclerosis (fatty build up inside your blood vessels), stroke and heart attack. You may not be able to control all your risk factors, such as your age or family history of heart disease. But eating healthy, exercising, and managing stress can help.

Take time to talk with your healthcare provider to make sure you are up-to-date on recommended health screenings and vaccines.

Jackson Medical Group specialists provide primary care, as well as cardiology, colonoscopy and other specialty services, for all generations of men. To schedule an appointment, call 305-585-4JMG or visit JacksonMedicalGroup.org.