Men’s Health: 5 Medical Tests Every 30-Year-Old Man Must Get Done
We spoke to experts who agreed in their advocacy of 5 health screenings that men in their 30s must get done.
We spoke to experts who agreed in their advocacy of 5 health screenings that men in their 30s must get done.(Photo: iStockphoto)

Men’s Health: 5 Medical Tests Every 30-Year-Old Man Must Get Done

June is the time to celebrate the men in our lives.

Not only is it Fathers Day month, but anchored by a Congressional health education program in the US, it is also celebrated as Men’s Health Month.

The month also coincides with Men’s Health Week (June 12–18), a special awareness period created by the US Congress, and the #ShowUsYourBlue campaign on June 16 where men and women are encouraged to wear blue to work to show their support for the health and well-being of their boys and men.

Better Safe Than Sorry

It is important to schedule regular medical check-ups even when you are in your 30s to assess whether your body is strong enough to withstand the ravages of time.
It is important to schedule regular medical check-ups even when you are in your 30s to assess whether your body is strong enough to withstand the ravages of time.
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So dear men, it’s important to get your health checked up regularly if you want early detection of any disease. This becomes even more essential if you want the ‘golden years’ - the years after 45 - to be free from health issues and stress.

Early screenings not only save money in the long run but can also save your life or make any disease easier to manage if the diseases are caught early on.
Dr Anurag Sharma, a Panchkula-based interventional cardiologist

Also Read: Breast Cancer Is NOT Just a Woman’s Thing, Men Get It Too

Need For Health Screening For Men

Men in 30s usually suffer from heart disease.
Men in 30s usually suffer from heart disease.
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Men in 30s usually suffer from obesity, heart disease, joint pain, tiredness due to sedentary lifestyle, stress, lack of exercise and eating habits. So the 30s is a very good time to start taking control of health in your hands by monitoring body functions by regular tests and then accordingly modifying lifestyle and diet changes.
Dr Prashant Shetty , Executive Director (Biochemistry, Haematology & Immunoassay Dept.) at iGenetic Diagnostics

Avni Kaul, nutritionist and wellness coach, founder of Nutri Activania, certified diabetes educator from Project Hope and International Diabetes Federation, Delhi, says, health screenings for men can be as basic as getting a monthly blood pressure check - that takes under five minutes!

You can actually keep many serious health problems at bay just by getting blood pressure monitored regularly. If your BP reading is normal, you may need monthly BP screenings. But if it is high frequent checks are recommended - almost every week or so.
Avni Kaul

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The Vital 5 Tests

We spoke to leading experts who were unanimous in their advocacy of 5 health screenings that men in their 30s must get done.

CBC or Complete Blood Count

Make sure to check for hepatitis C antibodies in your blood.
Make sure to check for hepatitis C antibodies in your blood.
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CBC or Complete Blood Count gives a basic idea about wellbeing and detects anaemia (Low Haemoglobin).

Anaemia usually will lead to feeling of tiredness, less energetic. Men having low hemoglobin should go for further investigations so as to treat the condition.
Avni Kaul

Make sure to check for hepatitis C antibodies in your blood. This virus can slowly cause liver cancer or liver failure and the most frightening aspect is that men don’t notice any symptoms of the infection till it is too late for treatment.

Also Read: World Hepatitis Day: 95% People Don’t Know They Have the Disease

Blood Sugar Test

Diabetes if not controlled lead to many complications affecting multiple organs.
Diabetes if not controlled lead to many complications affecting multiple organs.
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Blood sugar test can help detect diabetes. Diabetes, if not controlled, may lead to many complications affecting multiple organs.

If a person suddenly loses weight or is thirsty more than usual, then he might be struggling with diabetes where his pancreas is unable to produce sufficient insulin or his body has becomes resistant to it.
Dr Prashant Shetty

Also Read: A Low-Calorie Diet Can Help Reverse Type 2 Diabetes: Lancet Study

Lipid Profile

A simple blood check helps in detecting if the cholesterol level in the blood is under control.
A simple blood check helps in detecting if the cholesterol level in the blood is under control.
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The Lipid Profile test indicates the health of your heart. It will guide you to control your fat levels so as to keep the heart in a healthy condition. A simple blood check helps in detecting if the cholesterol level in the blood is under control.

Cholesterol is a fatty substance which can clog up your arteries if it is low density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad cholesterol”. High density cholesterol (HDL) or “good” cholesterol and triglycerides are also checked in the same blood sample.
This test is very important at even as young as early 30s, considering the rising instances of heart attacks at early ages. If the cholesterol levels are not what they should be, you will either be prescribed medicines or methods to reduce cholesterol.
Dr Anurag Sharma

Thyroid Profile

Many people silently suffer from thyroid disease.
Many people silently suffer from thyroid disease.
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Thyroid profile is essential, even for men.

This test will indicate the overall functioning of the thyroid gland and if you are diagnosed with a hyper or a hypo thyroid, then you will need to begin medication to manage it.
Dr Prashant Shetty

Also Read: Sometimes, It’s Okay to NOT Treat Your Thyroid Disorder

Vitamin D Test

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Vitamin D test is essential to keep bones healthy, even post 40 or 50 years of age.

Most Indians have low levels of Vitamin D due to sedentary lifestyles. Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption in the body so any deficiency thereof can be corrected by medical or dietary intervention.
Avni Kaul

Also Read: Vitamin D May Help Treat Age-Related Diseases

How To Prepare For the Screenings?

Before scheduling health tests and a doctor’s appointment, all men must take a few things into consideration.
Before scheduling health tests and a doctor’s appointment, all men must take a few things into consideration.
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Before scheduling these health tests and a doctor’s appointment, all men must take a few things into consideration. These criteria will help you figure out the specific medical tests you may need to get done.

  1. Take stock of the family’s medical history, especially if a close family member has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, prostrate cancer or type 2 diabetes.
  2. Make a list of symptoms and questions regarding them before meeting the doctor.
  3. Discuss any future health concerns too so that the doctor may recommend a lifestyle change, if required.

Please remember that the tests conducted would depend on one’s personal information and health including age, lifestyle, habits, family history etc.

Also Read: Have a Doctor’s Appointment? Keep These 9 Things in Mind

(Aarti K Singh is an independent writer with close to two decades' experience in various media. Having worked in radio, TV and print media, she is now indulging in her passion to rediscover the world, besides juggling a PhD and raising her son.)

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