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Recommended checkups from 18 to 80

Want to stay healthier longer? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recommends the following screenings to help men catch potential health issues or diseases early.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Recommended age: 65-75

If you've ever been a smoker, talk to your doctor or nurse about being screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). AAA is a bulging in your abdominal aorta, the largest artery in your body. If it bursts, it can be deadly.

Colorectal Cancer
Recommended age: 50+

If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, earlier screenings may be necessary.

Recommended age: Any

Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have recently felt down, sad or hopeless; or if you have felt little interest or pleasure in doing things.

Recommended age: Any

If your blood pressure is higher than 135/80, or if you take medication for high blood pressure, you should get screened for diabetes.

High Blood Pressure
Recommended age: 18+

Have your blood pressure checked at least every 2 years. High blood pressure can cause strokes, heart attacks, kidney and eye problems, and heart failure.

High Cholesterol
Recommended age: 35+

Have your cholesterol checked starting at age 20 if you are obese, use tobacco, have diabetes or high blood pressure, a personal history of heart disease or blocked arteries, or a family history of early heart attacks (age 50 or younger).

Overweight and Obesity
Recommended ages: Any

Being overweight or obese can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Talk with your doctor for guidance in losing weight and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.

Source: Men: Stay Healthy at Any Age. AHRQ Publication No. 10-IP004-A, September 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.




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