Standard Health Tests
Testing Your Blood Pressure
You should have your Blood Pressure checked at least every 2
years. You need to see your physician for this. The blood
pressure machines at the corner drug store may need calibration
and are not accurate - they even have warning labels that tell
you that you cannot rely on the read out.
High blood pressure usually does not have any
symptoms. No you do not get a headache because your
pressure is high. You won't even know that you have a
high blood pressure problem until it is too late and a stroke
cuts you off at the knees. You may not be afraid of death - how
do you feel about being disabled in a wheel chair for the rest
of your life.
Low blood pressure on the other hand is fairly obvious -
dizzy, weak, lack of energy and low blood pressure can kill you
Colorectal Cancer Tests
Regular Colorectal Cancer testing should begin at 50.
There is more than one kind of test available, so don't chicken
out. Just get it done.
If you have high blood pressure and or high cholesterol, your
physician is going to insist on a screening test for
Diabetes. If you are overweight, your physician is
probably going to run this screen at the same time as the
Prostate Cancer Screening
Talk to your doctor about the possible benefits and harms of
prostate cancer screening if you are considering having a
prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test or digital rectal
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
You need to be up front with your physician on this
subject. He needs to know if there is any possibility
that a sexually transmitted disease might exist. You also
need to consider an HIV problem if you have ever had a blood
transfusion. Hiding your head in the sands of denial will not
change the reality of the situation.
This is probably the most controversial subject after Sexually
transmitted diseases. Most men were brought up to "bite
the bullet" and keep quiet about any problems they are having.
Generations of women have complained that their men just don't
There is a social stigma attached to depression -
Everyone goes through periods of depression and for most
people those periods usually only last for a few days and it is
easy to say the reason why you are depressed. There are certain
acceptable reasons for depression - losing a job, losing a
mate, illness in the family, long hours at work or weather just
to name a few.
However, if you've felt sad, or hopeless, or have little
interest or pleasure in doing things for 2 weeks straight, talk
to your doctor. Depression screenings are really simple and you
just might find that with just a little help you can get back
to your old happy self.
Do not allow your physician to just put you on
anti-depressants. You need to see a specialist to discuss
your mind set. Just taking pills without doing something
to change the situation will only make it worse in the long
Remember guys, Real Men Take Care of Themselves. Real Men
Ask for Help and Directions when necessary. Real Men take
steps to insure they will be around to bounce their
great-grandchildren on their knee.