Last updated on Jan 21st, 2021 at 02:17 pm

Most medical problems can be controlled through early detection and treatment. Looking after your manâ??s health means encouraging him to go for regular screening tests, even when heâ??s apparently feeling fine.

Here are some essential medical screening tests for men:

Weight/height measurements

Measurements like body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, body fat percentage and waist-to-hip ratio can be useful. If your man is overweight or obese, his risk of many diseases is increased. Men tend to carry fat on their belly, particularly increasing their risk of heart attack, diabetes and stroke.

Blood pressure

â??Normalâ? blood pressure is on average 120/80mmHg. High blood pressure is a risk for many diseases. It normally causes no symptoms, but silently damages your manâ??s heart and blood vessels, leading to conditions like erectile dysfunction, stroke and heart attack.

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Blood sugar (glucose) test

A blood test is done to measure his blood glucose. High blood sugar could indicate diabetes, an illness that may lead to many serious medical problems.

Testicular examination

The testicles should be self-examined on a monthly basis starting at the age of about 15. Make sure your man knows what is normal for him and to report any abnormalities to his doctor. Ideally, his doctor should do a testicular examination on a yearly basis.

Testosterone levels

Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome (TDS) is a serious medical condition that may cause symptoms such as lethargy, erectile dysfunction, depression and moodiness. TDX is often referred to as the â??male menopauseâ?, and is a risk factor for many chronic diseases.

Blood tests for cholesterol levels

Cholesterol is a type of â??badâ? fat in the blood that deposits itself on blood vessel walls, making them hard and narrow. A high cholesterol count can increase your manâ??s risk of heart attack and stroke.

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)

A blood test used to screen for prostate enlargement and cancer, should be done on a yearly basis from the age of 40.
Sources: For complete article see http://www.health-e.org.za/news/article.php?uid=20033617
Oz Healthcare Communication, Heart and Stroke Foundation

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