Convince your man to get routine checkups for his sake and yours.
Up to 80 percent of men admit that their significant others influence how often they see a doctor, according to a survey from the American Academy of Family Physicians. If the man in your life doesn’t remember the last time he had a regular physical exam, you may be able to convince him to get his checkup routine back on track. Here’s what you both need to know about regular screenings.
Men between 18 and 39 years old typically don’t need checkups as often as older men do. While younger men may avoid going to the doctor’s office, they may not know that they only require a physical exam every three to five years if they are otherwise healthy. Knowing this might make them more willing to schedule an initial appointment to check their blood pressure, cholesterol, height, weight and BMI. Physical exams are vital in preventing complications from high blood pressure and cholesterol, especially since the conditions show no symptoms in their early stages. In the case of high readings or chronic conditions, men may need to schedule more frequent checkups depending on their doctor’s recommendations.
Once a man’s 40th birthday has come and gone, it’s time to start scheduling physical exams more often. Men between 40 and 64 years old should schedule annual checkups to make sure blood pressure and cholesterol stay at healthy levels. Yearly exams can also help keep weight in check, which can help prevent the development of diabetes.
Diabetes and colon cancer screenings should take place during these exams, with diabetes screenings occurring every three years after age 45 and colon cancer screenings every 10 starting at age 45. Risk factors such as family history or ethnicity may require earlier or more frequent screenings.
If the men you know aren’t keen on being examined for colon cancer, remind them that catching the condition early is preferable to cancer treatment such as chemotherapy or surgery to remove parts of the colon.
A yearly physical exam remains necessary as men become older. At age 65, physicians may recommend additional immunizations such as a pneumococcal vaccine. Additional screenings may also be required, such as yearly stool-based blood tests to screen for colon cancer and bone density testing once men reach age 70.
There is one silver lining for men who dislike medical tests: colon cancer screenings are no longer required after age 75.
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