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#2: “Bro, Did You See Your Doctor Yet?”



Happy #MenMonday fellas and I apologize for the late post cause work got cray cray lol (The beauty of the ER lol) But for real though, when was the last time you seen your doctor? When was the last time you got your physical exam done? Or your blood pressure done? Do you have a family history of Diabetes Mellitus? Or did your prostate check? Yup. We got to talk to about it because it’s simply PREVENTIVE health screening. Don’t be another statistic on why young men died early just because they are too afraid to see a doctor or lack of health insurance or just didn’t MAKE the time to see one. Take care of your body gentlemen, cause you only got one...literally lol

 

So, almost similar to ladies who have a women specialist called a Gynecologist, men you have a men specialist called a Urologist. So a Urologist is a medical specialist that basically focuses on the urinary tract (bladder, kidneys, urethra, etc.) and the MALE reproductive system. You can also follow up with your primary care physician aka PCP for an annual physical exam, unless your provider refers you to a Urologist for further evaluation.


As you continue to read, these are some of the things you should look out for whenever you do your health screening with your provider. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask! Make sure you like, comment (if you want), and SHARE! Spread the good knowledge to our fellow men. Enjoy the rest of your evening guys!


Here are the 10 essential health screening:


1. Blood Cholesterol

All men 35 or older should get their blood cholesterol levels checked regularly. Men who use tobacco; are overweight or obese; have a relative who had a heart attack before the age of 50; or have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a history of heart disease should get their cholesterol check much earlier, at the age of 20.


2. Colon Cancer

All men should get screened for colorectal (colon or rectal) cancer by age 50. People with a family history of colorectal cancer should get a colonoscopy even sooner.


3. HIV

All men 65 or younger, regardless of perceived risks, should get screened for HIV. Men over 65 should talk to their doctor about getting screened.


4. Depression

Do NOT ignore your mental health!


5. Diabetes

Men who have high blood pressure or take medication to control their high blood pressure should get screened for diabetes (high blood sugar)


6. Hepatitis C

A man should have a blood test for hepatitis C if he was born between 1945 and 1965; was born to a mother with the virus; needs dialysis for kidney failure; received a blood transfusion before 1992; received blood clotting factors before 1987; or ever injected drugs. Hepatitis C is the number one cause of liver cancer in the U.S.


7. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Men between the ages of 65 and 75 who have ever smoked tobacco should get screened for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. An imaging test such as computed tomography (CT) scan, ultrasound, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study, can help determine the presence, size, and extent of an aortic aneurysm.


8. Blood Pressure

Every man should have their blood pressure checked regularly, and patients with other cardiovascular risk factors should check their blood pressure more frequently.


9. Obesity

Using a BMI (Body Mass Index) calculator to determine BMI is usually a reliable, but not conclusive, indicator of whether you’re at a healthy weight.


10. Prostate Cancer

Patients who opt for screening typically undergo the following 2 tests:

  1. Digital Rectal Examination (DRE): The physician inserts a finger into the rectum to feel whether the prostate gland is enlarged or has any lumps.

  2. Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test: The PSA test measures the blood level of a certain protein that is produced by the prostate gland, and can be elevated in men with prostate cancer.


RESOURCE:

Brigham Health Hub



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