Men’s Health Tune-Up Schedule: Medical Tests

A man who has his health can change his world. Good health begins as a boy in the home. If your parents raised you in a healthy manner, be thankful. If your health was challenged as a youngster, it is never too late to take charge of your body, gain the information you need, and strengthen your ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

An important step in every man’s health is to be aware of the tune-up schedule recommended by medical health professionals. Consider the tune-up that you give to your automobile. You take a good overall look at the engine, seeking excessive wear and tear, parts that need to be changed out, and any serious issues that might be present. Replacement parts allow the vehicle to continue running at peak performance. Fresh fluids allow the engine to operate more efficiently. You make the time necessary and spare no expense to ensure that the engine runs in a safe and normal fashion because you value a well operated machine.

Imagine what would happen to the vehicle if tune-ups were not completed in a timely manner. The oil would be so dirty that a mechanical piece would eventually break down. Rubber components such as hoses would crack, break, and spill out their fluids. Gaskets would leak, belts would snap, reservoirs like the windshield wiper fluid container and the brake fluid holder would empty out, leaving the engine, the vehicle, and ultimately, you, in ultimate danger. Your wheels would fall into disrepair and you would be stuck without transportation.

The same is true about your health. Ignore it and you too will break down. Pretend that everything is fine and you’ll end up in a major emergency.

Regular doctor visits are as vital as a good diet, frequent exercise, and proper rest. Like tune-ups on your car, the schedule for your doctor visits needs to be timely but not necessarily exact. A tune-up scheduled for 40,000 miles could be done anywhere between 38,000 and 42,000 miles. Similarly, doctor visits for young men need to occur every few years but missing a visit with the physician by a few weeks or months wouldn’t hurt a thing under normal circumstances. Don’t put it off any longer though.

Physicals should be completed every five years. A complete physical includes an examination, medical review, and blood work. A physical begins with the nurse assessing the patient’s health by taking the vital signs such as blood pressure, measuring height and weight, and asking dozens of health related questions including the patient’s health background and his family’s medical history. The physician then examines the torso and eyes, ears, and throat, all along asking about any real or potential concerns the patient may have. Depending on the medical facility, blood will be taken on the spot or you’ll be sent to another provider to give blood. Your blood is then tested for any abnormalities. Cholesterol, iron, and potassium are a few of many specialized blood component levels measured. Please note that you may need to make an appointment with a separate laboratory in order to facilitate the blood work.

Once a man hits middle age, approximately 40 years old, a physical should be completed every few years. New tests for the middle aged man appear such as the prostate exam. Blood is examined for common issues such as diabetes. For a man who has been taking care of himself, these physicals will generally remain routine.

Older men need to have annual check-ups. Risks increase substantially while the heart and upper respiratory systems become a focus of special attention. Health issues increase with old age but taking regular tune-ups allows you to detect any serious health concerns that need to be addressed.

Regular check-ups throughout a man’s life can prevent disease and enable men to live happy, healthy lives. A healthy body and a fine running auto go hand in hand.