June is National Men's Health Month

So, I hear that June is National Men’s Health Month. And while I’m (now) a firm believer that your health should be foremost in your mind all year long, I’m okay with this month being tapped as the kick in the ass the rest of you guys may need to take a look at how far down the road to unhealthy you have traveled. 

For years, I was that guy. I ate what I wanted, drank what I wanted, and basically thumbed my nose at everyone and everything that suggested otherwise. Then one day, I looked up and I weighed 300 lbs and ran out of breath reaching for the remote. The result of my stupidity was a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis after a fast and furious trip to the hospital.

Make this the month that you get on track with your health. Check out the recommended ages for important health screening and get them done.

Important Recommend Health Screening For Men

 Screening

 Age to Start

 Frequency

 Carotid Artery Disease

 50+ / 40+  w/Risk Factors    

 Yearly

 Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

 40+

 Every 1-3 Yrs.

 Atrial Fibrillation

 50+

 Yearly

 Peripheral Arterial Disease

 50+

 Yearly

 Osteoporosis

 50+ / 40+ w/Risk Factors

 Yearly

 Cholesterol / Lipid Panel

 Based on Risk Factors

 Yearly

 Liver Enzyme

 45+ & Medication Use

 Every 3 Years

 Chronic Kidney Disease

 60+ / 50+ w/Risk Factors

 Yearly – 3 Years

 Type 2 Diabetes

 45+

 Based on Risk Factors

 6 for Life Assessment

 50+ / 40+ w/Risk Factors

 Yearly

 C-reactive Protein

 50+

 Yearly

 Thyroid Disease

 60+

 Yearly

 Vitamin D

 21+

 Yearly

 Prostate Cancer

 50+ / 40+ w/Risk Factors

 Ask Your Physician

 Colorectal Cancer

 50+

 Yearly

 Testosterone Deficiency

 40+

 Ask Your Physician

   Common Risk Factors

 Age, Family History, Nationality, Gender, Smoking (Past or Present), Being Overweight or Obese,

 Lack of Exercise, Poor Diet, Heavy Alcohol Or Caffeine Use, Sleep Disorders, and many more.

  *Risk Factors Vary by Disease

Source: Preventive Health Screenings Life Line Screening

A few things really struck me about the list of common risk factors.

  1. Of those I noted, 6 of the 11 are things you choose to do (or not do). Meaning, your level of risk is, in large part in your own hands.
  2. Most are common to every disease listed. Meaning if you have 2 or of the above, you are at greater risk for multiple conditions.
  3. Having 2 or more of the risk factors meant you need to start screenings 10 years sooner!
  4. 10 years. That's a fucking decade of testing you could have avoided.
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