Men’s Health Week

The Importance of Health Screenings

From the June 10th to 16th, we celebrate Men’s Health Week. This week provides healthcare providers the opportunity to encourage men of all ages to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for health problems that disproportionately affect men.

Each year, Men’s Health Week becomes a more significant event. This year, the response from the medical community has been overwhelming with hundreds of awareness activities across the country and the world planned to take place.

Altus Infusion is proud to help raise awareness about the importance of regular health screenings for men.

Routine Screening Tests for Men

Doctors know that men are less likely than women to get regular physical exams and screenings, and that men die at higher rates from 9 out of the top 10 causes of death than women.

More alarming is that fact that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the life expectancy for men is 5 years shorter than for women.

Early detection of health conditions is a critical factor in helping men stay healthy and live longer.

Health Screenings for Men Age 18-39

These are the recommended regular health screenings for men under the age of 40.

1. Blood Pressure Screening

Healthy men should have their blood pressure checked at least once every 2 years. Those who have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, and/or other chronic conditions should have a blood pressure screening at least once a year.

2. Cholesterol Screening and Heart Disease Prevention

The recommended starting age for cholesterol screenings is between 20 and 35. Men with normal cholesterol levels can have screenings every five years. However, those with high cholesterol levels, diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, and other chronic conditions should have an annual test.

3. Diabetes Screening

Men should receive regular diabetes screenings if they have high blood pressure, BMI greater than 25, and/or family history of diabetes.

4. Infectious Disease Screening

It may be prudent, depending on the patient’s lifestyle and medical history, to be screened for infectious diseases.

Health Screenings for Men Ages 40-64

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has issued the following screening guidelines for men ages 40-64.

1. Blood Pressure Screenings

Men in this age group should have their blood pressure checked at least once a year. Those diagnosed with specific conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease need to have their blood pressure checked more often.

2. Cholesterol Screenings and Heart Disease Prevention

Men with normal cholesterol levels should have cholesterol screenings every five years. Patients with diabetes, heart disease, and kidney problems should be screened more often.

3. Diabetes Screening

Men ages 45 and older should be screened for diabetes every three years and earlier testing is advisable in overweight individuals. Patients with high blood pressure or other risk factors for diabetes should get tested more often.

4. Colorectal Cancer Screening

Some men under the age of 50 should get screened, especially those diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, polyps and/or have a family history of colon cancer. All men between the ages of 50 and 75 should have regular colorectal cancer screenings.

5. Osteoporosis Screening

Men over the age of 50 who have any of the following risk factors should get screened for osteoporosis:

  • Long-term steroid use
  • Low body weight
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Those who had a bone fracture after the age of 50

6. Prostate Cancer Screening

Most men ages 50 and older need to be tested for prostate cancer.

7. Lung Cancer Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends an annual lung cancer screening for adults age 55-80 who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and/or are a current smoker or have quit within the past 15 years.

Healthy Lifestyle Guidelines for Men

Following these guidelines may help men stay healthy and live longer:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Stay at a healthy weight
  • Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night
  • Be physically active
  • Do not smoke
  • If you drink alcohol, have no more than two drinks a day
  • Get routine exams and screenings

In addition to being a leader in biologic management solutions, Altus Infusion is also committed to helping improve the health and lives of the male population in the United States.  Happy Men’s Health Week from all of us at Altus Infusion!

For information on how we can help your practice provide in-office biologic treatments contact us at 855.692.5887.

Disclaimer:  The information provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. Any content regarding symptoms and possible treatment of illnesses is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Altus Infusion does not in any way guarantee or warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of the information published in its blog and will not be held responsible for the content of any blog publication.

You should always consult your primary care physician for specific medical advice.

At Altus Infusion, we care about the wellbeing of all patients, which is why we are dedicated to helping raise awareness of the different ways we can improve our health and live longer happier lives.


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