The guy’s guide to preventive care. A helpful checklist!
Getting certain preventive care tests and screenings and practicing healthy habits can help keep you at your healthy best. When you go for your next checkup, use this chart as a checklist to talk to your doctor about which tests you should get, when you should have them and how often.
Blood pressure reading
If you are age 18 to 40 and you aren’t at higher risk for high blood pressure, it’s recommended to get your blood pressure checked every 3 to 5 years. If you are age 40 or older, or if you are at higher risk for high blood pressure, get your blood pressure checked once a year.
Colon cancer screening
(There are various types to be determined by your history and doctor)
If you are age 50 to 75, get tested regularly for colorectal cancer. You may need to get tested before age 50 if colorectal cancer runs in your family. There are different ways to test for colorectal cancer. Your doctor can help you decide which test you would prefer.
Testing for Type 2 diabetes
If you are overweight or have other risk factors for Type 2 diabetes, like a family history of diabetes, ask your doctor to test you for diabetes.
All adults older than 18 years should be routinely screened for depression. Screening for depression refers to medical professionals asking about symptoms of depression, even if their patients do not mention them. Depression symptoms include feeling sad, hopeless, tired, distracted, or not interested in activities that would normally interest you.
Hepatitis C blood test
It’s important for certain people to get tested for the hepatitis C virus. Everyone born between 1945 and 1965 need to be screened for the hepatitis C virus. If you have risk factors for hepatitis C – like any injection drug use or if you had a blood transfusion before 1992– check with your doctor if you need to get tested.
Get tested for HIV at least once. You may need to get tested more often depending on your risk.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea testing
Talk with a doctor about getting tested if you are worried about chlamydia, gonorrhea, or other sexually transmitted disease.
Prostate cancer screening
The decision about whether to be screened for prostate cancer should be an individual one. Men ages 55 to 69 years should talk to their doctor about the potential benefits and harms of prostate-specific antigen (PSA)–based screening for prostate cancer.
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