Make your health a priority in the new year with these important exams
Men in their 30s are active in their communities, families and careers, which means their health often takes a back seat. After all, you have to play kickball at Goodale Park when you can! But scheduling regular screenings during this time in your life is key to preventing serious illnesses down the road and identifying health issues early on. Jeffery Madachy, DO, OhioHealth primary care and pediatric physician, shares six important screenings you should schedule in your 30s to stay healthy for years to come.
1. Body Mass Index (BMI). Used to screen for obesity, this calculation based on your height and weight measurements should fall within the healthy range of 18.5-24.9. BMIs that are too high or too low can lead to serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancers and other health issues.
2. Blood Pressure. Typically, there are no signs of high blood pressure but it’s fairly common and can cause serious heart-health problems if not treated. Your doctor can evaluate your blood pressure and could request you come back for frequent visits to ensure it’s monitored. (High blood pressure? Check out the DASH Diet.)
3. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD). Men ages 18 to 39 should schedule STD screenings each year, and depending on their sexual activity, get retested each time they are with a new partner, Madachy says. Identifying STDs early can hasten treatment and decrease spread of infection to new partners.
4. Skin Cancer. You can either see a dermatologist or ask your primary care physician to provide a skin check during your annual exam. This should include a head-to-toe evaluation of all areas of your skin to ensure that moles, freckles and other skin lesions have not changed and do not display any these warning signs of cancer.
5. Colon Cancer. Although the American Cancer Society recommends that colorectal cancer screenings start at age 50, if you have a first-degree relative who had colon cancer you should schedule your first screening 10 years before they were diagnosed, or at age 40 (whichever comes first).
6. Dental Exams. Regular dental visits and cleanings, recommended twice per year by the American Dental Association, keeps your teeth and gums healthy.
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