the most important screening tests for men

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

These screening tests are recommended by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at the Department of Health and Human Services. On the other hand, your doctor will personalize the timing of the screening tests you need based on many factors, such as age and family history of diseases. Screenings are tests that look for diseases before you have symptoms.

Blood Pressure:
Have your blood pressure checked at least every six months. High blood pressure can cause strokes, heart attacks, kidney and eye problems, and heart failure. If you have high blood pressure, you may need medication to control it. Nowadays, many people have a blood pressure monitor at home.

Colorectal Cancer (colonoscopy):
Beginning at age 50 and through age 75, get tested for colorectal cancer. You and your doctor can decide which test is best. How often you will have the test depends on which test you choose. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, you may need to be tested before you turn 50.

High cholesterol increases your chance of heart disease, stroke, and poor circulation. Once you turn 35, have your cholesterol checked regularly. Once you turn 20 if you have risk factors like diabetes, history of heart disease, tobacco use, high blood pressure, or BMI of 30 or over, have your cholesterol checked regularly. High blood cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease.

If you take medication for high blood pressure, ask your doctor to test you for diabetes. Diabetes can cause problems with your heart, eyes, feet, kidneys, nerves, and other body parts. Nevertheless, if you have a blood glucose monitor, you can check your blood sugar level at home.

Overweight and Obesity:
The best way to learn if you are overweight or obese is to find your body mass index (BMI). You can find your BMI by entering your height and weight into a BMI calculator. Overweight and obesity can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease.