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Give Yourself the Ultimate Father's Day Gift: A Regular Checkup

By George Hulse, Vice President of External Affairs, Healthfirst
This month my friend Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will be joining me to help spread awareness for Men’s Health Month. For most of us men, we know we should eat well and exercise to stay healthy, but we also never seem to make time for that important annual checkup. The best gift you can give yourself for Father’s Day this year is a visit to your doctor for necessary preventive health screenings.
For the women out there, if you have a special man in your life, keep him feeling his best. You know it can be a challenge to get him to see a doctor—so take charge! Arrange the appointment, and make the occasion special with a reward.
I know you guys are busy and may not have a lot of time to visit the doctor. But even if you’re healthy, it’s important to have regular screening tests done. These tests help your doctor find health problems early so they can be treated before they become too harmful. Here are some of the most important tests for adults under age 65:
Blood pressure. High blood pressure can raise your risk of heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure. Low blood pressure can be a sign of infection, gland disorders, or dehydration. Make sure your blood pressure is normal. Adults 18 to 64 should get their blood pressure checked every two years.
Cholesterol. All adults should have their cholesterol checked every five years. Get checked more often if you smoke, are obese, have high blood pressure, or have a family history of heart disease.
Colorectal cancer screening. Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. The test is recommended for people age 50 and older and helps doctors prevent the disease. Talk to your doctor about getting tested earlier if a close relative has had colorectal cancer. In a colorectal screening, your intestinal tract is checked to make sure the tissues are healthy and normal. And if you have an issue, in most cases it can be treated during the exam.
Diabetes. People age 45 and older should be tested for diabetes. Get tested younger if you are obese, not physically active, have high blood pressure, or have a close relative with the disease. There are several blood tests doctors can use to help diagnose diabetes including a random glucose test, fasting glucose test, and A1C blood test.

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