2017-06-15 / Health

Men’s Health Screening

Many women feel that they can’t give a man directions. Maybe it’s the stubborn tendency of males, or maybe it’s that they don’t like to be told what to do. It comes as no surprise, then, that it’s difficult to get most men to go to the doctor. Maybe they don’t want to talk about their health problems. Perhaps they feel normal and don’t see a need to make an appointment. Or it could be because they don’t want to hear that anything is wrong with them. Whatever the case may be, it’s important that men get regular health screening tests. Catching problems early on, can often help prevent them from turning into something more serious down the road. Below are some guidelines on men’s screening tests. If you are a man reading this, talk to your doctor about when he thinks you should schedule these exams, as test frequency varies based on your age, your health history and your family’s health history. BODY MEASUREMENTS

Taking your height, weight and bodymass index (BMI) helps determine whether your are overweight. Overweight people are more likely to have high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. BMI is assessed using a mathematical form of weight and height. BLOOD PRESSURE

A blood-pressure test is the only way to determine if you have high blood pressure. If undetected and untreated, it can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney failure. According to the American Heart Association, you should get it checked at least once every two years — and more often if your doctor says it’s high. CHOLESTEROL TEST

A blood test is used to determine your good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol levels. According to the AHA, cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found among the lipids (fats) in the bloodstream and in all your body’s cells. Humans need cholesterol, but a high level increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Men age 20 years or older should have their cholesterol checked every five years and more frequently as they age or if they have high cholesterol levels.

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