Steps to take to being healthy: men ages 40-64

Steps to take to being healthy: men ages 40-64

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 in this age group should still be checked every 2 years unless your doctor feels you need more frequent visits.

Cholesterol testing:  Again, cholesterol should be checked each 5 years in a healthy adult. If you have had cholesterol issues in the past, your doctor may suggest you get checked more often.

Prostate cancer testing:

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.

Diabetes (High blood sugar): At age 45 and older, high blood sugar should be screened each 3-years. If you are high-risk for high blood sugar due to your fitness level, family traits, or family past, screenings may need to be done more often.


Osteoporosis (brittle bones): Bone health is of worry for all aging adults, so don’t skip this in your plan to being healthy. Men should check with with a doctor about their own risks and make a plan for testing between the ages of 50 and 70.

Eyesight exam: Eye exams may be needed each year, mostly if you have eyesight issues by this time or are at a high-risk for having a problem.

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.

Immunizations: Yearly flu shots, tetanus boosters (each 10 years), and shingles or herpes (cold sores) zoster shot once after age 60.

Posted on May 30th, 2017 and last modified on June 20th, 2019.