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Marek Struszczyk

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For most of us, the men’s health check-up invokes images of being poked and prodded and perhaps even the uncomfortable “turn your head and cough” procedure. There’s nothing fun about it! Busy executives are probably one of the largest groups who do not give their health the attention they should. Just look at some of the common  reasons why men do not like going to the doctor  and see if any of this applies to you. While many stay active and care for their appearance and weight, many often do not get checkups to look for possible health risks that could bring their entire lives to a screeching halt. In this article, we’ll help you find out how to eliminate most of these huge risks and keep yourself healthy for your career and future.

1. The Importance of Medical Checkups

As we age, there are more inherent risks for things like cancer, heart disease and just the general wear and tear that life takes on the body of a busy person. Males in particular have a higher risk level for various types of cancer and heart disease. When you add to this a lifestyle that possibly add to the risk and the ‘manly’ preconception that only the weak go to the doctor, you can see why many executives don’t give their health the attention it deserves. The most dangerous thing executives do is miss their annual physicals.

2. Finding a Good Doctor

Often, your choice of doctors is limited by your insurance carrier. This doesn’t mean, however, you should just pick the closest covered doctor. Use websites to investigate what others think of the doctor and his staff. You want to find a doctor you’ll feel comfortable with and make sure you can trust. Unbiased third-party online reviews can do a lot to help you find the right one.

3. Developing a Good Relationship With Your Doctor

Once you have found a doctor you are comfortable with, you need to make sure you have a good relationship with them. Communication is the key. Don’t hesitate to tell them any symptoms you have, no matter how small they may seem. Don’t be afraid to ask why a certain procedure is going to be done or to request a procedure you see on the list in this article.

4. Making Health a Priority

Most executives have yearly goals. One way that health-conscious executives keep from missing appointments due to busy life is making yearly checkups an annual objective – even an official one for your job. Your ability to function is important to do your job. Treat your caring for your health like an important task that relates to the success of your business. One of the most dangerous things a busy executive can do is be ignorant to the state of his health. Diet and habits and the stress of the busy lifestyle can slowly degrade your physical and mental health and will have a far greater impact than taking a day off to get some tests done.

5. What You Should Have Checked

Check out this article for a basic list of the bare minimum any annual examination should cover. Additionally, there are a lot of things that you should have checked to make sure you’re in overall good health, and the list grows as you get older. This list will give you a good starting point for determining what tests you should request in your next men’s health check up. You can check out this article for more details on each procedure.

TestRiskFrequencyAge
Cholesterol ScreeningHigh CholesterolEvery 4 to 6 yearsOver 35
ColonoscopyColon CancerEvery 10 yearsOver 30
Dental ExamDental/Mouth ProblemsYearlyOver 30
Diabetes ScreeningDiabetesAsk your doctorOver 45
Eye ExamEye Problems2 to 4 years40 to 54
Herpes ZosterShingles VaccinesYearlyOver 60
ImmunizationFluYearlyOver 30
Osteoporosis ScreeningOsteoporosisYearlyOver 50
Prostate ExamProstate CancerEvery 10 yearsOver 45
SigmoidoscopyColon CancerEvery 5 yearsOver 30
Stool Occult SampleColon CancerYearlyOver 30
TetanusDiphteria BoosterEvery 10 yearsOver 39

6. Prevention Is Priceless

Early diagnosis of any of these common issues can minimize your downtime and help you avoid pain and pricey hospital bills. Don’t fall into the mistake of thinking you’re too busy for a visit to the doctor. The small number of hours it’d require to do these tests is far less detrimental than months of recovery or – even worse – a debilitating sickness that you can’t recover from! Take the time to schedule a checkup today and don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter to avoid missing any more vital tips for busy executives.

What are your personal experience with men’s health check up? Feel free to leave your comments.

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