Top 5 preventive health screenings for men

Irrespective of the gender, everyone must take preventive screening seriously. Men, usually take their health and fitness for granted due to their faith in a regular fitness regime and generally avoid going for health screenings and tests. However, preventive health screenings go a long way in the journey towards maintaining optimum health. They inform and educate a patient about an underlying and dormant health condition before it becomes too serious.

Here are 5 health screenings that every man should undergo, at least once a year.

 

  1. Diabetes

A common but serious health condition, diabetes is a metabolic condition of having higher than normal blood sugar levels. In diabetes, the body’s ability to produce or use insulin is dysfunctional. Some of the most common symptoms that a person with diabetes faces are:

  • Getting tired easily
  • Frequent hunger
  • Excessive thirst
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurred vision

 

Blood pressure more than 135/80 mm Hg can be a symptom of diabetes. Testing for diabetes may include a haemoglobin A1C blood test, a fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test, or an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). A single blood test is insufficient to diagnose diabetes. A second blood test must confirm that your blood glucose level is unnaturally high.

 

  1. Hypertension

If your blood pressure is high, you may require treatment to control it and prevent other ailments like heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke. Normal blood pressure is usually less than 120/80 mm Hg. If your blood pressure is higher, your doctor would probably want to check it more frequently. The diagnosis of high blood pressure mandates two readings taken four hours apart of greater than 120/80 mm Hg.

 

  1. Lipid profile

High triglycerides are associated with a metabolic syndrome that increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. The same blood test used to measure your cholesterol provides data about your triglycerides, a type of fat. The right triglyceride level is less than 100 mg/dL, although levels below 150 mg/dL are considered normal.

 

  1. Obesity

Obesity is a chronic disease that can have adverse effects on your body and overall health if not managed in time. Men who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart ailments, high blood pressure, and bone & joint diseases. Body Mass Index (BMI) in an important number to understand if you are at a normal weight, overweight or obese. It is a measure which takes into account your weight and height to gauge total fat ratio of the body.

 

  1. Depression

Mental health is very crucial. Nearly six million men suffer from depression each year, and many of these men are under-diagnosed and under-treated. Talk to your therapist about getting screened for depression, if you have experienced any of the following symptoms for more than two weeks:

  • A significant change in appetite or sleeping patterns
  • Loss of interest in formerly enjoyable activities
  • Feeling hopeless, worthless, restless, irritable, sad or anxious
  • Decreased energy, motivation
  • Inappropriate feelings of guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating or thinking

 

The health screenings mentioned above will definitely help you in your journey towards good health. Do share the message with your loved ones.

March 20, 2019

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