Only about half of men surveyed recall the last time they went to the doctor for a checkup, according to Orlando Health, a nonprofit health care network in Florida. Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, an urologist with Orlando Health, wants to change that.
In a new Men’s Health article, he advises men on what they need to monitor.
“At 40, a lot more family history plays into account,” Brahmbhatt says. “If you have colon or prostate cancer in your family, this is when to start getting screened every five years.” If you don’t have familial risk, you can wait until 50.
“Continue monitoring your blood pressure and cholesterol throughout your forties by getting a full lipid panel every three years. “Of the lipids, LDL cholesterol is the most important number,” Fletcher says. “Some people think if their HDL cholesterol is very high, they don’t need to worry about LDL. Not true — high LDL cholesterol is a sign of bad things to come.” If your LDL is elevated, get a lipid panel every year.”
Since high LDL cholesterol is becoming more common, Fletcher advises getting your blood glucose checked, especially if your BMI is higher than 25.”
Read his advice for every decade here.