Men have the highest risk of developing heart disease and certain cancers because of their lifestyle choices.
It’s important to schedule a checkup with your health care provider to talk about testing and preventive health screening recommendations. You need to have a checkup every year, even if you’re not having any medical problems.
Talking points for your checkup
- Your doctor will check your height and weight to calculate your body mass index (BMI) to see if you are at a healthy weight for your height.
- Discuss healthy changes you can make related to your diet and exercise level.
- Have your blood pressure checked yearly at your visit. If your pressure is high or if you have certain medical conditions, you’ll need to check it more often.
- Have your cholesterol and triglyceride levels checked. If the results are normal, health experts recommend testing every 4-6 years. If they’re high or you have certain medical conditions, you will need more frequent testing.
- Get a flu shot every year and make sure your vaccine record is up to date.
- If you use tobacco, discuss ways to quit with your doctor.
- If you drink alcohol, consider cutting back. Health experts recommend no more than 2 drinks per day for men.
- Discuss financial, food, or housing concerns that impact your health.
Preventive screenings based on health risks and family history
- Heart disease
- Various cancers, including prostate, testicular, breast, lung, colorectal, oral, or skin
- Infectious diseases, such as hepatitis C, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV
- Stress or depression
For more information about health screenings and lifestyle changes, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-355-0885. We are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MT.