An Ounce of Prevention for Men's Health
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An Ounce of Prevention for Men's Health

You should visit your health care provider from time to time to check for potential problems, even if you feel fine.  Most men with hypertension don't even know it. And diabetes often has no symptoms until the disease becomes advanced.

Many studies have shown that eating plenty of vegetables is extremely healthy. Try to eat about 3 to 5 servings every day. Fruit is a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. You should try to eat about 2 to 3 servings of fruit each day.Many studies have shown that eating plenty of vegetables is extremely healthy. Try to eat about 3 to 5 servings every day. Fruit is a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. You should try to eat about 2 to 3 servings of fruit each day.The fact is, regular exams and screenings help save men’s lives because they can detect problems early, when the chances for treatment and cure are better.

And, while the life expectancy gap between men and women has narrowed, men still need to pay attention to their bodies. Several things work against men. They tend to smoke and drink more than women. They don't seek medical help as often as women. And some men define themselves by their work, which can add to stress.

There are also health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer. Many of the major health risks men face — like colon cancer or heart disease — can be prevented and treated successfully with early diagnosis.

Reducing your weight by just 10 pounds may be enough to lower your blood pressure. Losing weight can help to enhance the effects of high blood pressure medication and may also reduce other risk factors, such as diabetes and high bad cholesterol. Reducing your weight by just 10 pounds may be enough to lower your blood pressure. Losing weight can help to enhance the effects of high blood pressure medication and may also reduce other risk factors, such as diabetes and high bad cholesterol. A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is a test that measures the level of PSA in your blood. PSA is a substance made mostly by the prostate that may be found at higher levels in the blood of men with prostate cancer. The level of PSA may also be high in men with a non-cancerous infection or inflammation of the prostate.

Recently, the PSA test has become a hotly debated subject — especially since May 21 when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent group of medical experts, recommended that men of all ages no longer be screened for prostate cancer with the PSA blood test. The task force had found that side effects from needless treatments hurt many more men than are potentially helped.

That said, you should still discuss the test with your doctor if your between 40 and 75. Also be aware there are many tests—particularly colonoscopy—that have been proven to be effective in detecting and preventing disease.

So what health screenings should you have and at what ages? Check out the chart below or visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002125.htm

Screening tests Ages 18–39 Ages 40–49 Ages 50–64 Ages 65 and older
Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening       Get this one-time screening if you are age 65 to 75 and have ever smoked.
Blood pressure test Get tested at least every 2 years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80).

Get tested once a year if you have blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89.

Discuss treatment with your doctor or nurse if you have blood pressure 140/90 or higher.
Get tested at least every 2 years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80).

Get tested once a year if you have blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89.

Discuss treatment with your doctor or nurse if you have blood pressure 140/90 or higher.
Get tested at least every 2 years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80).

Get tested once a year if you have blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89.

Discuss treatment with your doctor or nurse if you have blood pressure 140/90 or higher.
Get tested at least every 2 years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80).

Get tested once a year if you have blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89.

Discuss treatment with your doctor or nurse if you have blood pressure 140/90 or higher.
Cholesterol test Starting at age 20 until age 35, get a cholesterol test if you are at increased risk for heart disease.

Starting at age 35 and older, get a cholesterol test regularly.

Ask your doctor or nurse how often you need your cholesterol tested.
Get a cholesterol test regularly.

Ask your doctor or nurse how often you need your cholesterol tested.
Get a cholesterol test regularly.

Ask your doctor or nurse how often you need your cholesterol tested.
Get a cholesterol test regularly.

Ask your doctor or nurse how often you need your cholesterol tested.
Colorectal cancer screening
(using fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy)
    Starting at age 50, get screened for colorectal cancer.

Talk to your doctor or nurse about which screening test is best for you and how often you need it.
Get screened for colorectal cancer through age 75.

Talk to your doctor or nurse about which screening test is best for you and how often you need it.
Diabetes screening Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medicine for high blood pressure. Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medicine for high blood pressure. Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medicine for high blood pressure. Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medicine for high blood pressure.
HIV test Get tested if you are at increased risk for HIV.

Discuss your risk with your doctor or nurse.
Get tested if you are at increased risk for HIV.

Discuss your risk with your doctor or nurse.
Get tested if you are at increased risk for HIV.

Discuss your risk with your doctor or nurse.
Get tested if you are at increased risk for HIV.

Discuss your risk with your doctor or nurse.
Syphilis screening Get tested for syphilis if you are at increased risk. Get tested for syphilis if you are at increased risk. Get tested for syphilis if you are at increased risk. Get tested for syphilis if you are at increased risk.
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