Calling anyone who wants to learn more about preventive care tips for men’s healthcare. Yes, you read that right folks, it is the follow up from the blog about women’s care last month, which you can read right here if you missed it. Remember, preventive care is immensely important, which is why it is included in so many medical health plans. You are probably saying, we have heard that before, but seriously, please make sure you stay on top of your health.
A survey was conducted last year as a part of a men’s health care educational campaign and results showed that over 40% of men only go to the doctor when they think they have a serious health issue. If more men visited their doctors for annual physicals, it is believed that the rate of certain health issues that overwhelmingly affect men such as Diabetes and Heart Disease will decrease due to a more consistent observation of one’s health. Now, this is not meant to scare you, but display the pros of taking care of your health regularly.
Find that doctor within your network that you are comfortable with and finally schedule the appointment! Some screenings and tests you can receive at these visits include:
- Blood Pressure test at least every 2 years to detect high blood pressure and the early risks of stroke or heart attack
- Cholesterol Screening for ages 20+ at least every 5 years
- Blood Sugar test for ages 45+ every 3 years, recommended by American Diabetes Association
- Testicular Cancer screening especially during ages 15-34
- Colon Cancer screening starting at age 45
- Prostate Cancer screening recommended for ages 55-69
- Bone Density Test for men over age 70
Once again, this is not an extensive list of tests that you can obtain, but they are the main preventive care tips universally recommended by health care physicians. Of course, always talk to your doctor about your own medical history and what tests they recommend and when, specific to your health.
Please schedule your doctor appointments and check what type of care is covered by your medical health plans. If you need assistance in understanding what is covered, contact your medical carrier or your plan sponsor.