Normally, deliveries of healthcare and strategies for disease prevention are generally meant to be ‘gender neutral’ and assume that healthcare interventions are equally successful for both men and women. However, studies are increasingly showing that this is not the case anymore. Instead evidence shows that focusing on the particular health needs of both men and women will improve the health of both groups.
When it comes to men’s health, research shows that men require a better-informed and planned response to their specific health care needs. Of particular concern for men include lower life expectancy on average, higher levels of avoidable mortality and higher rates of death from heart disease, cancer, suicide and respiratory diseases. The causes of these health issues are multifaceted, and there are range of factors involved such as health illiteracy, attitude and lifestyle behaviors.
As such it is very important for males to not only have a healthy diet and regular exercise, but to also have regular medical checkups with your doctor. There are various types of men’s health checkups, each individually being very helpful in preventing disease and improving your quality of life;
Physical Health Tests
will involve your doctor checking your physique to ensure you remain physically healthy. Your doctor will assess your medical history and may look at your dietary habits, work habits, exercise habits and your relationship status to determine your physical health. Depending on your doctor’s assessment, you may be recommended to get a specific checkup.
Psychological Health Tests
are very important in helping diagnose and treat mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and stress. A psychologist will aid you in coping with your mental illness and will help maintain your mental health.
are necessary to identify cardiovascular diseases that may show up as you grow older. Your doctor may perform a variety of tests, including (but not limited to) cholesterol tests, obesity tests, Echocardiogram tests and blood pressure tests. These tests will ensure whether your heart is healthy or not, reducing your risk of cardiovascular problems.
identify skeletal diseases such as osteoporosis. As part of a bone test, you may be required to get X-rays, a tomography, bone density tests and biopsies. These tests will ensure your bones remain healthy.
will be recommended based on if you smoke, have an unhealthy diet, have cardiovascular disease or have a family history of diabetes.
include screening for prostate and bowel cancer. These are important tests conducted to catch cancerous diseases in order to treat them as early as possible.
are important if you have regular exposure to sunlight and UV radiation. Men are showed to be more double as likely as women to contract skin cancer. You should contact your doctor in the case of any abnormal change in color or shape of your skin.
Eye Health Checkups
are recommended annually for men above 40 years of age. This will help reduce the risk of you developing diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and general eyesight deterioration.
Dental Health Checkups
are recommended for every 6 months to help maintain healthy oral hygiene.
Neurological Health Tests
help identify whether you have any risk of brain-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s Dyslexia or brain tumors.
Men’s Health Checkups