You’re approaching middle age – fast. You’re still in great health, but your risk factors go up as you age. Start with an annual physical exam with your general practitioner or family doctor that includes:
- Blood pressure
- Track height and weight
- Blood test for: cholesterol, diabetes, thyroid function, anemia and liver problems
Depending on your risk factors, your GP may advise you to have tests for skin cancer, oral cancer, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and chronic addiction.
You should also see specialists for:
- Prostate exam: Most prostate cancers have no symptoms in the early stages and grow slowly. It’s better to catch it early.
- Testicular exam: Self-exam every month, looking for lumps, swelling, or changes. See your doctor once a year.
- Colonoscopy: Colorectal cancer kills more than 68 thousand American men each year.
- Coronary disease: Especially important if you have risk factors, but everyone should have regular heart screenings beginning in their 40s.
- Gum disease: The bacteria generated by periodontal disease can affect your heart.
- Vision test: Your eyes change as you get older. It may be time for reading glasses. Choose an ophthalmologist who can gauge the health of your eyes over an optometrist who only deals in vision.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Catching problems early with annual screenings can help you stop preventable conditions in their tracks and lead a longer healthier life.
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