Focusing on Men’s Health
Men’s health concerns are no laughing matter, yet many men today overlook or dismiss the signals their bodies are sending that something is wrong. That is why it is so important for men to conduct complete body checkup appointments at least once a year. These checkups are designed to provide the first insights that health changes are occurring so that appropriate actions can be taken for preventative care and treatment.
What does a Complete Body Health Check Up for Men Involve?
A complete health assessment for men involves multiple steps and stages. The purpose is always to help men live longer, healthier lives. In order to do this, physicians must conduct a comprehensive and complete health screening. This includes screening for a wide range of conditions, such as:
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
- Thyroid Function
That is just the beginning. These tests are typically conducted using blood or urine so you may be asked to have blood drawn or provide a urine sample during your visit.
Your physician will also conduct a complete medical check up that involves not only issues related to general health, but also issues of concern that are specific to men’s health, including:
Prostate Health – Prostate cancer is a condition that affects one of every eight men. Early diagnosis is critical for a healthy resolution and requires a simple blood tests that looks for a specific antigen. This test is generally ordered once every other year for men between the ages of 40 and 50, then annually for men over the age of 50.
Bone and Mineral Density – Many men are under the mistaken impression that bone density issues only affect women. However, anyone over the age of 55 is at an enhanced risk for developing osteoporosis – thinning of the bones that presents an increased risk of fracture. Bone density screenings can help reduce those risks in men and women aged 55 and over.
When experiencing a complete health check, make sure you discuss all your questions and concerns with your physician. This is your one opportunity to have all your questions answered. Ask them and get the answers you need to understand your conditions, risks, symptoms, and treatment options.
Having a complete health check up one time each year hardly seems worth the effort if you’re not going to put the information and insights gained from the event to work in your own life. Some physicians will schedule appointments with nutritionists to help you plan healthy, delicious meals for the family. Others may want you to seek second opinions from other physicians. This may involve things you’ll never discover without a complete body medical test that is conducted routinely, which is exactly what you will get when you participate in annual men’s health screenings.
It’s not all about conditions that only impact men, however. Men’s health is greatly affected by environment, lifestyle, and nutrition. This is why your physician may ask you to consult with a nutrition expert or someone who can motivate and challenge you to engage in more physical and fitness-related activities throughout the year.
Men’s health concerns are nothing to be overlooked or dismissed – as they often are. Something as simple as a complete health checkup once a year can help you extend the quality of your life as well as how much life you have left to live.