The theme for Men’s Health Week in Australia in 2019 is “Keeping Boys And Men Healthy”.
So essentially the earlier you start actively looking after your health and not waiting until there is a problem, the better.
START WITH YOUR GP!
Have you had a check- up lately with your GP?
Getting to know your GP and getting advice can help identify any underlying health problems early.
Regular checks ups are necessary for men to protect themselves against injuries, illnesses and diseases that develop with age.
What Health checks should men be getting?
If you are aged under 40 years, your blood pressure is normal, and there is no family history of high blood pressure, then have your blood pressure checked every year.
If you are over 40, your blood pressure is on the high side or you have a personal or family history of high blood pressure, stroke or heart attack then have it checked every six months.
Your doctor may recommend that you be tested for type 2 diabetes if you have any of the following type 2 diabetes risk factors including pre-diabetes (slightly elevated blood glucose levels) a family history of diabetes and more.
Prostate cancer screening is not recommended for the general public, so discuss the pros and cons of having a test for prostate cancer with your doctor. If you’re between the ages of 50 and 70, a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test may be appropriate.
Did you know that up to 90 per cent of bowel cancers can be successfully treated if they are detected early? Screening for bowel cancer in people who do not have any symptoms and are aged between 50 and 74 years helps to detect cancer early.
Osteoporosis means ‘bones with holes’. It occurs when your bones lose minerals such as calcium more quickly than your body can replace them. This makes them become less dense, lose strength and break more easily. Having a bone density test can help to determine the health of your bones.
Are you up to date with immunisations?
You should get a flu shot once a year to prevent flu. You will be able to book in your flu vaccination at our practice if you haven’t already done so.
Your GP may recommend other vaccinations if you have certain medical conditions, also be sure to inform your doctor if you are planning on travelling overseas as they can also advise on any required vaccinations.
When was the last time you had a health check? Book an appointment today.