Health Checks for Every Man
Men’s Botanics makes products that make you look good on the outside by providing the best men's grooming products, but to look your best and live life to the fullest, you must take care of your whole body because looking after your whole body helps keep you looking and feeling good.
However, if you’re like most men, you probably don’t like going to the doctor. Even if you do see your doctor regularly, you probably know someone who ignores potential medical problems instead of getting them checked out.
The reality is that not visiting the doctor (or being in-tune with your body) exacerbates health problems, as all diseases are more effectively treated when they’re diagnosed early. Many healthcare professionals believe this is one of the reasons that women have a longer life expectancy, i.e., women are more likely to see a doctor when they first get an indication that something might be wrong.
In other words, you should check yourself and visit your doctor more regularly.
Things You Should Get Checked or Keep an Eye on Yourself
Blood tests – a test called a CBC (complete blood count) checks the numbers of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets in your blood. This test can be an early indicator of a wide range of diseases, particularly if you suffer from fatigue or are easily bruised.
- Testicles – you should self-examine your testicles every month. If you find any lumps, if there is swelling or if you have pain, you should visit your doctor.
Depression – depression among men is a serious problem that’s usually under-diagnosed. Never deal with feelings of depression on your own and speak to your doctor. Remember, your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you suffer or know someone who needs help, please visit RUOK or Beyond Blue for information.
Prostate cancer – if you’re over 40, you’ll probably need regular screening for prostate cancer. This is done by your doctor and involves either a blood test or a rectal exam.
Cholesterol – as you hit middle age, you should have regular cholesterol tests. This will help with the early detection of cardiovascular disease.
Blood pressure – in addition to the above, you should also get your blood pressure regularly checked, especially after the age of 40.
Skin – skin cancer is an important health concern, particularly in countries like Australia. If new moles appear on your skin, or if existing moles get larger, start to bleed or become itchy, you should immediately see your doctor.
Staying trim – health experts say you should have a body mass index (BMI) of between 18.5 and 25. Your doctor can check this, but you should also keep an eye on your own weight, especially your waist size. If it is above 36 inches, you’re moving into the obese and unhealthy range.
Diabetes - weight gain, feeling thirsty and chronic fatigue are all symptoms of diabetes. If you begin to experience these, you should visit your doctor.
Behaviour – it is also important to honestly monitor your own behaviour. Do you drink too much, for example, or do you eat too much fatty food? Are you not getting enough sleep, or do you regularly feel high levels of stress? You should take action and/or get help if you answered yes to any of these questions.
Teeth – make sure you go to your dentist regularly so that cavities and decay can be treated as soon as possible. Your teeth will also look cleaner and whiter.
In general, you should be more proactive with your physical and mental health, take symptoms seriously, and visit your doctor more often
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