According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) the following are guideline men should follow, of course this can change according to other predisposing factors and your own medical doctors professional opinion.
- Blood Pressure - Once a year, especially if your blood pressure is higher than 120/80 mmHg. Doctor will monitor this condition and recommend lifestyle modifications or medication as needed.
- Cholesterol - Once a year starting at age 35 or earlier if you have risk factors such as smoking, diabetes or a family history of heart disease.
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Ask your doctor if you should be tested, based on your sexual history or activity. **Remember, there is NO test for men for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) at this time but there is a vaccine (Gardasil) for males between the ages of 9-26.
- Blood Glucose - Take note of this, especially if you are overweight or have a family history of diabetes.
- Weight and Obesity - You should know what you body mass indes (BMI) is. If you BMI is above 25, take action immediately to safely lose the appropriate weight to put you in a healthier range.
- Colorectal Cancer (Colon Cancer) - Schedule a screening starting at age 50 or earlier if you have a family history.
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm - If you are between the ages of 65 - 75 and have been a smoker, ask your doctor if you should have this one-time screening.
June is Men's Health Awareness Month
For more information visit: Men's Health Monthhttp://www.menshealth.com/