Staying Healthy at Every Age
Men need regular healthcare visits — cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke cause three out of every four deaths in the United States. Reducing your risk for disease or the early detection of disease may increase your chances for a longer, healthier life.
Here is a guide to recommended tests for men at every age:
- Body mass index (BMI): Calculated from height and weight. A high number shows you may face health risks from being overweight, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Here’s an easy-to-use BMI calculator.
- Blood pressure: A high number shows you may be at risk for heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease.
- Cholesterol test: A high number shows you may be at risk for heart disease.
- Blood glucose (sugar): A high number shows you may be at risk for diabetes.
Men who are older than 40 should also be screened for:
- Colon cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Testicular cancer
Men of any age can have high blood pressure, cholesterol or blood glucose. Here are a few quick and easy lifestyle changes that can reduce your risk:
- Eat healthy foods
- Exercise regularly
- Get regular checkups
Additional health topics to discuss with a doctor:
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs): Tests are quick and easy for chlamydia, genital warts (HPV), gonorrhea, hepatitis B, herpes, HIV/AIDS, syphilis and trichomoniasis. We provide education on how to protect yourself and your partner, warning signs for infections and responsible behavior.
Smoking cessation: No form of tobacco is safe to use. We offer information on how to quit smoking for good, as well as programs that that can help men treat or prevent many smoking–related chronic illnesses that they are prone to getting. Check out our Chronic Illnesses section or our Health Education and Support Services for information about our programs.