Men need to have regular check ups in order to keep a tab on their health. In comparison to women who are more likely to go for medical consultation due to gynecological check ups and pregnancy, men are more laid back about paying a visit to their physician. The result is a build up of diseases that can later take the form of a severe and damaging disorder. Check ups provide the men with a chance of silent disorders where the body may not be showing external symptoms such as hypertension and diabetes. It also enables the person to consult the doctor regarding diet, exercise and precautions. It is advised to go for a check up every six months though the personal physician will be the best to suggest the frequency of visits.
The following tests are ideally a part of regular check up-
- Blood pressure- Hyper and hypotension (Extremely above or below 120/80 mm hg) can both be dangerous and need to be checked. If the blood pressure is abnormal, the doctor may suggest other screening, will prescribe medications to control and may suggest regular visits to keep it under check.
- Testicular exams- Men are advised to conduct a monthly self examination to detect abnormalities in their testicles, but a clinical examination helps men to be cancer free as the doctor can do a more through examination and diagnose the stage better. But this need not be done each time the patient visits the doctor.
- Test for cholesterol- Its important to have a test of the cholesterol level every five years and in overweight people, it can be done more frequently. The test should measure total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides. Keeping a check on the cholesterol level decreases the risk factors for heart diseases.
- Obesity- Doctors can check for obesity by checking the BMI, waist circumference or both and conclude if the patient needs to check their weight. It also allows the doctors to advice the patients to choose the right diet and work out to loose weight.
- Skin examination- Though blemishes and acne’s are rare, especially in men post 30, sudden eruption can hint at underlying disorders such as the kidney not functioning properly, chronic constipation or stomach ailments. Also sudden appearances of a wart or a mole are considered as an early sign in cancer.
- Eye examination- Though not often but once in four years, the eye needs to be examined. This also depends on the age and underlying disease (such as diabetes) to get the eye checked for cataract, myopia and hypermetropia.
- Dental checkups- Dental pain can be very severe and post an age, dental disorders are common in men. It’s recommended to visit the dentist at least twice a year.
- Diabetes- Known as the silent killer, this disease is more common in overweight and obese people. So people above the age of 30 who are fat should opt for a yearly check up. Otherwise, men should have yearly check ups post the age of 45.
All the above tests are generalized. Its mandatory to consult a physician who can suggests tests based on your health.