Health is always in an ever-changing state, in spite of which many of us take it for granted. For instance, we tend to eat the same way in our fourth and fifth decades as we did as teenagers. We have also spent countless days getting by with little sleep, eating unhealthy foods, or even overindulging in food and drink to help manage stress.
Other habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol or chewing tobacco become part of our lifestyles, and years of unrestrained consumption finally start showing effects from our fourth decade onwards.
So when we delay preventive checks beyond a point, we’re in for a nasty surprise.
Here are the most crucial preventive health tests for men.
Eye check-up: To test for age-related vision changes or presbyopia, eye pressure level, dryness and irritation in eyes.
Dental check-up: Biannual check-ups keep your teeth healthy.
Blood pressure: This is important if you are a type A personality, or you have a family history of high blood pressure. Stress and high blood pressure can lead to cardiovascular disorders.
Treadmill test: This captures a dynamic ECG reading while you walk or run on a treadmill, which helps to understand the condition of your heart and your stamina level.
Blood tests: a) Blood sugar, fasting and after eating to check for pre-diabetic conditions.
b) Glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c) gives an average reading of blood sugar levels for three months.
Liver function test: To check the level of your metabolism.
Lipid profile: To check the blood fats (lipids) which can tell you about cholesterol levels.
Kidney function test: To spot early signs of a weak or sluggish kidney.
Thyroid tests: To diagnose benign hyperplasia prostrate, which is important if you are more than 60 years old.
Skin check-ups: For skin diseases or cancers.
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From HT Brunch, July 24,2016
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