4 Essential Health Tests for Men Of All Ages

Men are leading longer, healthier lives. One of the things that makes this possible is routine screening for common health concerns. While some screenings may vary based upon individual health history, there are four medical tests every man should have. These are: thyroid, vitamin D, cholesterol and diabetes. 

1. Thyroid

The thyroid is a gland that’s responsible for the metabolic rate in your body. Having an overactive or underactive thyroid can cause many problems including unexplained weight loss or gain and erectile dysfunction. A laboratory can test the thyroid once a year beginning at the age of 35. Thyroid problems are common, but treatable, and a thyroid test is easy to perform.

2. Vitamin D

A vitamin D deficiency can be bad news especially since vitamin D provides protection against cancer and keeps bones stronger. Low levels of vitamin D may also have a connection to increased risk of heart attack. A vitamin D test is a simple blood test that could save a life.

3. Cholesterol

Everyone has cholesterol, a fatty protein, in their bloodstream. However, having too much cholesterol can cause it to build up in arteries. This cholesterol build up can predict the chances of developing heart disease. Accordingly, routine cholesterol testing may help men keep their hearts healthier. Testing for cholesterol can begin at 20 years old and is repeated at five-year intervals or more frequently for those who have high test results.

4. Diabetes

A diabetes test can tell men how efficient their body is at processing sugars. Diabetes is extremely common among men who are overweight or whose family has a history of the disease. Some men have diabetes for years before they are diagnosed. This can have a significant impact on the individual’s overall health. Accordingly, it makes sense to undergo diabetes testing beginning at age 45.

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