If you have heard of the popular saying ‘Prevention is better than cure’, then you might surely want to follow it. Whoever said it has rightly said because, the secret of a successful life lies in the hands of the one who acts before an event. This idiom holds good in almost every aspect of a man’s life and especially more with the well being of his health. Hence, in order to stay healthy, instead of waiting for the symptoms to appear, it would be wise to go for preventive care and nip off the ailment in its budding stages and avoid it.
So, now if you wish to follow the rule, then there are certain essential screening tests which you need to undergo at every stage of your life to save yourself from the below mentioned hazardous ailments.
Few Ailments Endangering Men’s Health
Though it is not certain that all the below mentioned ailments will or will not attack men, but to be on the safer side, it is recommended for every man to go for certain screening tests at every stage of his life to detect ailments that may generally attack. So, if you want to act safe look out for the following.
Blood Pressure Or Hypertension
Blood pressure has become a more common condition nowadays and the risk of getting this disease starts from the age of 20 and it increases as you age. Apart from other risk factors, your lifestyle and weight may also be the reasons to cause hypertension. While a normal blood pressure is 120/80 and a high blood pressure can range from 140/90 and above, a reading that ranges between the two could indicate a pre-hypertension. If left unchecked, hypertension may lead to the risk of heart diseases, kidney failure, aneurysm and stroke.
Although the risk of diabetes is said to be high after the age of 40, people acquiring this disease in their teens and in their 20s is also not uncommon. If you are suffering from the risk factors such as cholesterol and hypertension, it is more likely that you may also be suffering from diabetes, which needs to be detected and kept under control.
Severe diabetes may cause heart and kidney diseases, stroke, impotence, blindness and nerve damage. However, it can be controlled by early screening, diet, exercise and medications.
Another important screening test that you should undergo right from the age of 20 is to check the cholesterol levels. Though our body needs a certain amount of HDL (good cholesterol) in building up of healthy cells, a higher level of LDL (bad cholesterol) can be dangerous and lead to cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The building up of high levels of LDL in our body usually progresses without any symptoms and it can lead to a sudden heart attack. Hence, the cholesterol levels have to be checked regularly so that you can change your lifestyle and follow certain medications and keep it at bay.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Once you are sexually active, you may start screening for STDs. Most of the STDs usually do not show any symptoms but you may still be infected of the virus.
Hence, it is very important for men to go for repeated testing of STDs and especially if one feels that he has been exposed to HIV. Unfortunately, there is still no cure invented for HIV but this infection can be controlled from becoming AIDS through medications.
One of the more common cancers in men is the skin cancer. Usually, men above 50 are considered risky to contract this disease and many of them also die of it. However, doctors recommend men to go for a skin cancer test right from their 20s. Skin cancer if detected at an early stage is easy to treat and the possibility of disfigurement can be reduced to a greater extent.
Next to the skin cancer, prostrate cancer is the common disease that attacks men over 50. However, if you have any high risk factors or a family history of such cancer then you need to be more cautious and start detecting for this cancer as early as possible.
Fortunately, this is a slow growing cancer and it is not fatal. However, if detected at an early stage it is possible to effectively treat it before the starting of its symptoms.
This is a kind of cancer which develops in the testicles of men. Though it is a rare condition, you can be at high risk to get this cancer if you have a family history of it or if you have an undescended testicle. Hence, doctors usually recommend men of all ages to have a screening test done for testicular cancer along with the routine physical examination and men can also conduct self examinations by themselves every month.
Eyesight is said to naturally deteriorate even in a healthy person by the time he attains his age of 40. But, if you are suffering from other risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes, there is a high risk of the damage to your eyesight and you may also lose your vision.
Hence, frequent screening of eyes is required after the age of 40 to detect ailments such as glaucoma or macular degeneration and treat them before it is too late.
Colorectal cancer is something that develops in the colon polyps, which may be initially benign but may turn cancerous and cause death by spreading all over the body. Men are usually more risky to acquire this disease than women. As men above 50s are at more risk to get this cancer, a colonoscopy is recommended for them after the age of 50 for every 10 years. Though the procedure of a colonoscopy might be annoying, it helps in effectively detecting the cancerous polyps and treating them in their initial stages.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an ailment which attacks men in their old age. Usually, people above 60 have more chances of getting this disease. An abdominal aortic aneurysm involves the weakening and swelling of the aorta and its rupture may lead to bursting and internal bleeding and simultaneously to death.
Especially, smokers are at high risk for this condition. Hence, a screening test for this ailment should be undertaken along with the other physical examinations at your old age.
Though it is common for women to suffer from osteoporosis in their old age, men are also at risk to suffer from this condition. Hence, men over 70s should go for a bone density test in which the bone mineral density is checked to measure the mineral count and the amount of calcium present in the bones to determine the strength of the bones.
Thus, these are some of the few diseases that might attack you unexpectedly at any point of time and you need to be prepared for it. Hence, in order to evade them, make sure that you spare some of your time out of your busy life schedule to care for your health and have your periodical screening tests done in time. Remember, that a bit of your negligence may cost you your life and surely you may not want to lose it that easily. Because, after all none of your wealth is as valuable as your health.