You probably hear more about women’s health issues – but men’s health is just as important. Statistically, men simply don’t go to the doctor nearly as often as women. They also have a shorter life expectancy, about five years. Fortunately, most life-threatening illnesses like diabetes and heart disease can be treated or cured if caught early.
Go the doctor, even if you feel well
You should visit your health care provider regularly, even if you feel healthy. For example, the only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly.
The purpose of an annual physical is:
- Screen for medical issues
- Assess your risk of future medical problems
- Encourage a healthy lifestyle
- Update vaccinations
- Help you get to know your provider in case of an illness
Below you’ll find some general timelines of various screenings to help you stay healthy. As always, talk with your doctor about your individual health needs and risk factors.
- Physical exam: every two years until age 50, then once a year
- Blood pressure : every 2 years
- Cholesterol: after age 34, every 5 years
- Prostate cancer screening: talk to your doctor
- Colon cancer screening: after age 50, colonoscopy every 10 years
- Ask your doctor about an annual stool test
- Flu shot: every year
- Tetanus-diphtheria booster vaccine: every 10 years
- Shingles vaccination: once after age 60
- Diabetes screening : after age 45: every 3 years
- If you’re overweight or have a BMI of greater than 25, talk to your doctor about whether you should do this at a younger age.
- Dental exam: every year
- Eye exam: every 1 to 3 years
With more than 40 Fairview Clinics across the Twin Cities, we can take good care of you wherever you live, work or play. We want you to get care and get back to your life, with as little disruption as possible.
From same-day appointments, to phone and email visits and Urgent Care, to online diagnosis with Zipnosis – Fairview Clinics offers a variety of ways for you and your family to receive the care you need, on your schedule.
Call 855-324-7843 or visit fairview.org/clinics to find a provider or make an appointment.