Men are often busiest in their 30’s and 40’s. This is a time when you may be establishing a career, working long hours, starting a family, raising children, and paying off a mortgage. With so many commitments, it’s important to take some time for yourself — reduce stress, relax, and spend time doing things you enjoy.
Things to watch out for:
- Depression, anxiety & stress
- Self-harm & suicide
- Substance abuse (alcohol, drugs, tobacco)
- Increasing risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular (heart) disease
- Testicular cancer—examine your testicles monthly for lumps
- Birth control and family planning
- Divorce and parenting
- Violence (family, domestic, fighting)
- Sexually-transmitted infections (STIs)—chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, genital warts HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B, HPV
- Sexual problems
- Urinary problems
- Prostate problems
Talk to your doctor about possible screening tests for the following:
- Blood pressure
- Flu shot
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Blood test for kidney and liver function, and iron levels
- Hearing and vision tests
- Diabetes blood sugar test
- Colon cancer and prostate cancer screening
- Skin cancer check
Take control of your health. Be proactive!
If you don’t have a family doctor, then make the effort to find one. See your doctor once a year for a check-up. Be sure to speak up and tell your doctor about any concerns you have, whether they are physical, mental, or lifestyle-related. This way you can prevent many health problems, and treat illnesses at an early stage before they become more serious. If your doctor tells you that you have a condition or are at risk, don’t ignore or procrastinate — deal with it head-on. Men are natural problem-solvers… you need to apply this attitude to your health, too. If your car needs a tune-up, you’d get one, right? Treat your body the same way.
Don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about feeling depressed, anxious, or stressed. These conditions are common in men and treatment is highly effective. Mental health is just as important as physical health, so don’t delay in seeking treatment.
Some things to consider:
- A healthy lifestyle plays an important role in maintaining health and preventing disease.
- Keep an eye on your weight, waist size and body mass index (BMI).
- Exercise or play sports at least three times per week.
- If you are dependent on cigarettes, drugs or alcohol, seek treatment to help you quit.
- Learn how to manage your stress. Make time to relax and spend time doing activities that you enjoy.
- Improve your diet by eating less salt and processed foods and more vegetables and fruits.
- Make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D through diet and supplements.