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
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.
Need For Health Screening For Men
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!
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
CBC or Complete Blood Count gives a basic idea about wellbeing and detects anaemia (Low Haemoglobin).
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.
Blood Sugar Test
Blood sugar test can help detect diabetes. Diabetes, if not controlled, may lead to many complications affecting multiple organs.
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.
Thyroid profile is essential, even for men.
Vitamin D Test
Vitamin D test is essential to keep bones healthy, even post 40 or 50 years of age.
How To Prepare For the Screenings?
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.
- 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.
- Make a list of symptoms and questions regarding them before meeting the doctor.
- 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.
(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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