June is Men’s Health Month
Get The Screenings You Need:
Screenings are tests that look for diseases before you have symptoms. Blood pressure checks and tests for high cholesterol are examples of screenings.
You can get some screenings, such as blood pressure readings, in your doctor’s office. Others such as colonoscopy, a test for colorectal cancer, need special equipment, so you may need to go to a different office.
After a screening test, ask when you will see the results and who you should talk to about them.
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: If you are between the ages of 65 and 75 and have ever been a smoker, talk to your doctor or nurse about being screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). AAA is a bulging in your abdominal aorta, the largest artery in your body. An AAA may burst, which can cause dangerous bleeding and death.
- Colorectal Cancer: Have a screening test for colorectal cancer starting at age 50. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, you may need to be screened earlier. Several different tests can detect this cancer. Your doctor can help you decide which is best for you.
- Depression: Your emotional health is as important as your physical health. Talk to your doctor or nurse about being screened for depression especially if during the last 2 weeks:
- You have felt down, sad, or hopeless.
- You have felt little interest or pleasure in doing things.
- Diabetes: Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medication for high blood pressure. Diabetes (high blood sugar) can cause problems with your heart, brain, eyes, feet, kidneys, nerves, and other body parts.
- High Blood Pressure: Starting at age 18, have your blood pressure checked at least every 2 years. High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. High blood pressure can cause strokes, heart attacks, kidney and eye problems, and heart failure.
- High Cholesterol: If you are 35 or older, have your cholesterol checked. Have your cholesterol checked starting at age 20 if:
- You use tobacco.
- You are obese.
- You have diabetes or high blood pressure.
- You have a personal history of heart disease or blocked arteries.
- A man in your family had a heart attack before age 50 or a woman, before age 60.
Check out these Federal Government Web sites:
- Healthfinder.gov. Guides and tools for healthy living, an encyclopedia of health-related topics, health news, and more.
- MedlinePlus. Health information from government agencies and health organizations, including a medical encyclopedia and health tools.
- Questions Are the Answer. Information on how to get involved in your health care by asking questions, understanding your condition, and learning about your options.
- Healthy Men. An AHRQ Web site for men on staying healthy.
Sources. The information here is based on research from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The USPSTF, supported by AHRQ, is a national independent panel of medical experts that makes recommendations based on scientific evidence about which clinical preventive services should be included in primary medical care and for which populations. For information about the USPSTF and its recommendations, go to www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.
National Men’s Health Week is June 10-16, 2013.
Take Steps to Good Health
- Be physically active and make healthy food choices; learn how at www.healthfinder.gov
- Get to a healthy weight and stay there
- Be tobacco free, for tips to quit visit www.smokefree.gov
- Drink responsibly
Click for Men’s Health Facts pdf.