Health is so important and sometimes men tend to be really relaxed when it comes to making sure that they remain healthy. According to Paul Ketchel, CEO of MDsave, the leading online marketplace for buying healthcare services, general wellness for men can be checked and maintained following a simple timeline of what preventative care you should be getting by your age.
Check out his list of things to do, to get and to watch out for as you get older.
20s – 30s
Do This: get regular checkups to establish your baseline vitals, like blood pressure. Get These: yearly flu shot, tetanus booster every 10 years. Talk to your doc about the Tdap (Whooping Cough) vaccine and HPV vaccine. Watch Out for These: substance abuse, STDs, accidents, depression Screen for This: STDs, blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol starting around age 25 if you have a family history of heart disease
30s – 40s
Do This: eat healthy, get at least 7 hours of sleep, work out 4 -5 times per week, check your hearing every 10 years. Talk to your doctor about taking a daily aspirin to prevent a heart attack. Get These: yearly flu shot, tetanus booster every 10 years. Watch Out for These: stress, slowing metabolism, work & life out of balance, depression. Keep an eye on your cholesterol at 35, or sooner if you have risk factors like obesity or family history of heart attack. Screen for This: diabetes, thyroid disease, cholesterol, blood pressure, HIV
50s – 65
Do This: work out to preserve muscle, strength, and balance, and cognitive function. Get These: yearly flu shot, tetanus booster every 10 years. Watch Out for These: declining testosterone, falls & accidents, declining metabolism Screen for This: lung cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer