Checkups Every Guy Should GetSep. 24, 2019
Let’s face it — there are many things you’d rather be doing than going to the doctor for a checkup. But taking time to assess your overall health with a doctor each year is important.
Dr. Eleazar Flores, a primary care doctor at Houston Methodist, says if you’re a man — or a woman who is concerned about the health of your husband, father, grandfather, son or other male loved one — you’ll want to be aware of these recommended checkups, screenings and immunizations for men.
“Keep in mind that these are general guidelines and you should check with your doctor for a schedule that’s right for you,” Dr. Flores says.
Checkups, screenings & immunizations for men
Annual physical exam
A once-a-year exam by a primary care doctor may include an assessment of height, weight, blood pressure, skin cancer risk, eating and exercise habits, and emotional well-being. The doctor will ask about your family health history and answer any questions you have about sleep or snoring, sexual health or other health concerns.
Dr. Flores recommends having a one-time screen for hepatitis C performed for those at highest risk for the viral infection — anyone born between 1945 and 1965, people with HIV and long-term kidney dialysis patients.
A one-time HIV test is recommended for persons ages 13-64, or annually for those with risk factors.
Stay current on immunizations
Men should get a flu shot every year and a tetanus-diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) or tetanus diphtheria (Td) booster every 10 years. Your doctor may recommend other vaccines depending on your age and health history. (Related: COVID-19 Vaccine & Booster Eligibility: A Guide to What's Available (By Age) Right Now)
Eye exam. If you have problems with vision, schedule an eye exam every two years.
Dental exam(s). Don’t forget to visit the dentist every year (or twice a year!) for an exam and cleaning.
Hearing test. Your doctor may screen for hearing loss and suggest ways to protect the hearing you have as well as recommend hearing-aid devices if needed.