5 Health Screenings Every Man Needs

Men’s health is a topic often shrouded in silence, yet statistics reveal men are less likely to seek medical attention than women, despite facing higher rates of certain health conditions.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the overall mortality rate is 41 percent higher for men than women, and it’s higher for men for 8 out of 10 leading causes of death—including heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.

Men often visit the health provider less frequently than women, often due to various factors including societal expectations, fear of diagnosis, and busy schedules. However, it’s crucial to emphasize that regular check-ups are just as important for men as they are for women. Routine visits to a health provider can help detect health issues early on, allowing for timely intervention and treatment. 

By prioritizing their health and seeking preventive care, men can reduce their risk of developing serious health conditions and improve their overall well-being. Remember, proactive healthcare is key to living a longer, healthier life.

 Key health screenings include:

  1. Colon Cancer Screening: Men should undergo regular colorectal cancer screening starting at age 45, or earlier if they have certain risk factors. 
  2. Blood Pressure and Heart Health: Regular blood pressure checks are essential for detecting hypertension, a significant risk factor for heart disease. Additionally, cardiac evaluations can assess heart health and identify potential cardiovascular risks.
  3. Diabetes Screening: Men should undergo screening for diabetes, particularly if they have risk factors such as obesity, family history, or a sedentary lifestyle. 
  4. Cholesterol Screening: High cholesterol is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. Men with high cholesterol are at a higher risk of developing these conditions, which can have serious and potentially life-threatening consequences.
  5. Mental Health Screening: Depression and other mental health conditions often go unrecognized. Screening for depression during routine healthcare visits can facilitate early intervention and appropriate treatment.

While high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and depression, disproportionately affect men. The good news is that these conditions can often be detected early through routine screenings performed during an annual physical exam. With regular medical checkups, men can ensure that potential health issues are identified and addressed promptly, allowing for timely intervention and treatment. These proactive measures not only contribute to better health outcomes but also empower men to take control of their well-being and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.

Men, good health and peak performance start with annual check-ups and screenings. Our providers can help you stay informed and on top of your health. Walk in or reserve a time with Hold My Spot.


CDC.gov, Medicine.iu.edu, Summitmedicalgroup.com, Mayo Clinic, Heart.org, ClevelandClinic.org

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