Men should have regular health check ups, they can help you stay healthy and you can use the appointment to talk about any concerns so that your GP can pick up early warning signs of disease or illness. Screening tests may help your doctor to detect diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers in their early stages. If you are at high risk of a particular disease, get tested for that disease regularly regardless of your age.
At your health check your doctor will discuss your medical history, your family’s history of disease and your lifestyle. He or she will also talk to you about your diet, your weight, how much you exercise and whether you smoke or drink.
If you have high risk factors, it may be more likely that you will develop a particular disease. Regular check-ups may help your doctor pick up early warning signs. For example, high blood pressure may be an early warning sign of cardiovascular disease.
Book an appointment with a GP at Westridge Medical for a Men’s Health Check.
Make health checks and keeping well part of your regular routine. A few things you can do at home include:
testicular self-examination – from puberty onwards, check your testicles regularly for unusual thickenings or lumps. See your doctor if you are concerned.
If you have certain risk factors for heart disease you may need these regular checks:
Depending on your risk level, you may need to be tested annually or once every three years. Be advised by your doctor. Your doctor may recommend that you be tested for type 2 diabetes if you have any of the following type 2 diabetes risk factors:
Up to 90 per cent of bowel cancers can be successfully treated if they are detected early:
Eyesight tends to deteriorate with age. Serious eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are more common with age, so it’s recommended that men older than 60 years have an eye exam every year.
Men aged 60 years and younger who wear prescription glasses or contact lenses are recommended to have your eyes tested every year. If you don’t wear prescription glasses or contact lenses, you only need to have an eye test every two years. See your doctor or optometrist (eye care specialist) for more information.
You might need to be tested more often if you have certain risk factors, such as:
A bone density test can help to determine the health of your bones. If you are over 60, consider having a bone density test. Be advised by your doctor. Bone density testing is most often used when people have:
Your health check-up may include discussion about other health concerns, such as: