All adults should visit their health care provider regularly, even if they feel healthy. The purpose of these visits is to:
Screen for diseases
Assess risk of future medical problems
Help develop a healthy lifestyle
Get to know your doctor in case of an illness
Health maintenance visit - men - age 40 to 64; Physical exam - men - age 40 to 64; Yearly exam - men - age 40 to 64; Checkup - men - age 40 to 64; Men's health - age 40 to 64
Even if you feel fine, you should still see your health care provider for regular checkups. These visits can avoid problems in the future. For example, the only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly. High blood sugar and high cholesterol levels also may not have any symptoms in the early stages.
There are certain times when you should see your health care provider.
Have your blood pressure checked every 2 years unless it is 120-139/80-89 Hg or higher. Then have it checked every year.
Watch for blood pressure screenings in your area. Ask your health care provider if you can stop into the office to have your blood pressure checked. Check your blood pressure using the machines at local grocery stores and drug stores.
Call your doctor if the top number (systolic number) is greater than 130 or the bottom number (diastolic number) is greater than 85.
If you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions, you may need to be checked more often.
CHOLESTEROL AND HEART DISEASE
Men 35 or older should be checked every 5 years.
Start screenings at age 20 If you have risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes.
If you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions, you may need to checked more often.
Some men should consider taking aspirin to prevent heart attacks.
People from age 50 to 75 should be screened for colorectal cancer.
Your doctor may recommend other immunizations if you have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes.
You may get a shingles or herpes zoster vaccination after age 60.
You may need to be screened for infections such as syphilis, chlamydia, and other infections. Screening will depend on your lifestyle and medical history.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening all adults up to age 65 for HIV infection unless the prevalence is known to be less than 1 in 1000 people.
Men ages 50 to 70 with risk factors for osteoporosis should check with their doctor about screening.
PREVENTIVE HEALTH VISITS
You should have these screenings every 2 years until age 50.
Have yearly screenings after age 50.
Your weight and height will be checked.
You will be screened for alcohol and tobacco use and for depression.
You will go over your medicines and risk of interactions.
Most men age 50 or older should talk to their doctor about prostate cancer screening.
African American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer should talk to their doctors about screening at age 45.
If screening is done, a PSA test is the best method.
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David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.