Good health is something many men take for granted – until things start going wrong. That is why it is so important for men today to become good stewards of their own health. One way to do this is to take the bull by the horns and go through with the complete body checkup available to you each year.
The complete body health check up is a comprehensive medical examination that takes place over a five-hour period of time. The assessment is thorough and all lab work is conducted onsite so that the results can be evaluated and discussed within the course of one visit.
Types of Tests in a Complete Health Assessment?
Your annual health assessment is a complete body medical test. No health stone goes unturned in this assessment that looks for potentially dangerous conditions, like diabetes, heart disease, thyroid function, liver disease, and kidney disease. You will also go through various blood and urine tests, a vital signs check, vaccination evaluation, and an abdominal ultrasound that allows physicians to see the state of various internal organs as well as major blood vessels.
If you are over the age of 35 you may be asked to complete a 12-lead electrocardiogram and stress test. This test is designed to evaluate your overall heart function and look for signs of heart disease – an important component of a complete health check for all men.
Health Concerns Specific to Men
During the physical evaluation, there will be some issues that are unique to men that will be addressed and all men should come equipped with a list of your own questions and health concerns. During your complete health screeningis not a time to be stoic. In fact, this is the time to become the master of your own good health by asking questions, getting answers, and getting a better understanding of your current health, changes and choices you can make to improve your health, and the reality of your health today and in the future if changes are not made.
One of the concerns that is of particular interest to men is the state of your prostate health. If you are between the ages of 40 and 50 you should have your prostate tested every other year as part of your complete health check up. After the age of 50 you should increase the frequency of these examinations to once every year. Prostate cancer is a condition that affects one men of every eight and often has no warning signs or symptoms. For this reason, it is vital to have routine exams.
One test that many men do not think is a necessary part of a complete health checkup for men is a bone and mineral density screening. The truth is that bone density can be a problem for anyone over the age of 55 and that provides you with an increased risk of fractures and other problems as you age. These screenings can provide early warning so that you can take action to correct the condition now.
A complete medical check up is something men should have every year without fail. Not only does it provide a good picture of your current state of health but can serve as an early warning opportunity for health concerns that are just beginning to make an appearance.