Men’s Health ChecksNovember 21 2016
Regular health checks can help to identify signs of health issues before they become a major health problem. This also means the chances for effective treatment are greatly increased.
There are many factors which can determine how often you should be having check-ups; such as your age, family medical history and specific lifestyle choices. With lifestyle choices being a big factor in general health as we age, health checks provide a great opportunity to take a look at what you could be doing more or less of!
It is a good idea to visit a doctor regularly, even when you’re feeling healthy. Why?
- To check for existing problems or ones that may be emerging – catching and treating things early!
- To test your risk of future medical issues – What can you do to prevent these being a problem in the future?
- Skin Checks – 1 in 3 people will develop Skin Cancer in their Lifetime!
For men, regular health checks should commence around the age of 45. There are a number of reasons why your 40’s is the ‘’golden’’ number;
High blood pressure often begins when men are in their 40’s because your arteries become stiffer as you age. Of course there are many other factors include smoking, being overweight, family history of Hypertension or even too much salt your diet. Having high blood pressure greatly increases your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, or having a stroke or heart attack.
Research has shown the risk of developing heart disease increases at the age of 45. Whilst your risk of heart disease is not always controllable, there are certain factors which put you in a higher risk category, such as; an inactive lifestyle, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking.
Prostate issues become a bigger concern when you are approaching the age of 40. Usually you only have mild symptoms or in some cases, absolutely no symptoms at all at this age, so having your prostate checked increases your chances of an early diagnosis. According to recent prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men.
Book a Health Check with your GP today!