You can’t wait until you’re a silver fox to start worrying about your body. Even if you do a lot of physical activity, try to sleep at least 8 hours a night, and eat more than that crappy, microwave ramen that you’ve clung to since college, you’re still an aging male. You need to be on the lookout for the things that often get old dudes. Your heart, liver, back, neck, and bowel movements will all thank you if you start taking care of them earlier than later.
As with anything in life, you need to be timely, and you can’t be lazy to stay ahead of the curve. If you’re above the age of 29 and you’ve never scheduled appointments or screenings for the following, get on it now. Chances are you won’t have to get appointments every year, but precautionary check-ins are something to start earlier than later. Get these things looked at, and adjust your life accordingly.
Blood Pressure Exam
High blood pressure specifically means your heart is working harder than it should be, which can lead to things like heart attacks and strokes. While many of us think of high blood pressure as problematic only for those in their forties and plus, it’s unfortunately the case that on average, 30 to 40 percent of percent of adult men have high blood pressure. These findings were in men 20 and older. Thus, you’re never too young to get a blood pressure exam — in fact, it’s recommended to get your blood pressure checked annually.
Similar to blood pressure, you can actually start worrying about your cholesterol when you hit age 20. Checks are recommended every five years, and sooner under certain health conditions like diabetes. Now, this does require a blood test, so for you dudes who are afraid of needles, you may have some heebie jeebies to get over! But it’s worth the time to look into, especially with the prevalence of heart disease in the U.S.
Heart Rate, Respiration Rate, Temperature, and BMI
A simple physical and checkup can include an analysis of these things if you ask for them, as they are all connected. Every degree of temperature (in centigrades) increases your heart rate by 10 beats per minute! Of course, when you get too hot, your respiratory rate may increase due to dehydration. The higher your BMI is as well, the higher your heart rate and breathing rates will be while trying to exercise. Getting heart and respiration rates, in addition to body temperature and your BMI, checked at a routine doctor’s checkup every few years is a good idea, especially with how they interconnect and what’s bad for one may affect all the others.
Blood Glucose Testing
Did you ever see that episode of Scrubs where they find out Turk has developed diabetes? Around the time in the show, his character is somewhere from his mid twenties to early thirties — that said, it can hit you at any time! Certain people are extremely prone to it due to having a family history of it, and some just treat their bodies so terribly that it comes upon them unexpectedly (for them, at least). For this reason your blood glucose levels are important to get checked out semi regularly, especially if you’re the type who doesn’t really watch what they eat. It may be taking a toll on your worse than you know.
Prostate Cancer Screening
You may not know that prostate cancer is the most common kind of cancer in adult men. If that wasn’t enough reason to get you cautious, you should know that it also affects your sex life in addition to your urinary tract. We’ve written about dating before, but if you’re not on the lookout, this could end that forever. Painful and bloody urination, in addition to difficulties with your equipment in the bedroom (if you know what I mean), can be signs of prostate cancer, but the occasional precautionary checkup may be worth your time even without the symptoms. The bottom line? Don’t wait until you’re 50 — get it checked now and learn about how you can keep your prostate healthy!
How have you seen your body develop as you get older? What do you find yourself having to be cautious of?
By Artur Kot