Steps to take to being healthy: men ages 18-39
You should visit your doctor often, even if you feel healthy. The purpose of these visits is to: screen for health care issues, rate your risk for future health problems, support a healthy life and make sure you have all your shots. Help you get to know your doctor.
Blood pressure: Men should have their blood pressure checked at least each 2 years during this age range, unless your doctor notes a high blood pressure issue. Men with high blood pressure should have it rechecked yearly. If you don’t take care of it, this health problem can cause strokes, heart attacks, kidney issues, eye issues, and heart failure.
Cholesterol testing: High cholesterol can put you at risk for heart disease, stroke, and blood flow issues. Men should start having a cholesterol testing each 5 years if they are 35 or older.
- Tobacco, weigh more than they should, have high blood sugar,
- have high blood pressure, have a past of heart disease,
- or have a family past of heart disease, should start cholesterol screenings at age 20.
Cancer Screenings: The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that more than 300,000 men in the U.S. die from cancer each year. During the course of a lifetime half of all men will get cancer at least once. The sad part is that most cancers can be stopped. Learn more about Cancer Screenings and Good Health.
High blood sugar testing: High blood sugar can strike at any age, and this test will depend on other things reviewed during a doctor visit.
- Do you weigh more than is healthy?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Do you have a family past of high blood sugar?
Eyesight exam: Eye care is one more vital part of health, and healthy people should see their eye doctor each 2 years, as stated by the NIH. If you have a eyesight issue, you may need to see your eyesight care doctor more often.
Dental exam: Yearly to bi-yearly dental visits are a vital part of good health. Dental services are one of many programs covered under Medi-Cal. Beneficiaries receive dental services through Denti-Cal. Please visit the Denti-Cal website for more information.