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The Importance of Men’s Preventative Care

As people age, they naturally face changes and challenges to their overall health. As some of us already know, the body you have in your 40s is not at all the same as the one you had in your 20s. This means that your preventative healthcare routine has to change along with you. Screenings for different ailments, diseases, or cancers, become more vital as your body’s risk factor for these conditions can increase over time. Let’s take a look at what screenings and preventative measures you should be considering depending on your age.

Ages 20 -39

Most people are able to boast a strong metabolism into their late 20s or 30s. A healthy metabolism helps you eat and drink whatever you want while seeing few negative consequences. But a strong metabolism doesn’t mean you’re invincible. Common health problems for men in their 20s can include everything from erectile dysfunction to testicular cancer.

Men between the ages of 18 and 40 are the most unlikely group to schedule a doctor’s visit. This is concerning due to the fact that these years are some of the most crucial in terms of taking control of your health. Between the ages of 20 and 39 is when you should begin to regularly monitor your blood pressure as well as your cholesterol. Getting a yearly physical exam is just one of many healthy habits people in their 20s should develop to set themselves up for a healthy future.

Ages 40 – 65

Once you get to age 40, the need for screenings and checkups increases. Regular prostate exams and colonoscopies become crucial for men between 40 and 50 in order to make sure they’re clear of prostate and/or colon cancer. The chance of developing diabetes also rises as you get closer to 50, so it is recommended that people get tested at least once every 3 years.

Age 65 and Over

Humans stop growing new bone mass by the time they reach the age of 25 or 30. So by the time you get into your 60s, we’re at a much higher risk for issues stemming from brittle bones like osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

If you have ever smoked in your life you should be also be getting screened for abdominal aortic aneurysms, which can be caused by tobacco use and most often occur in people over the age of 65.

ACA and Healthcare Costs

When it comes to serious health conditions, early detection is key. Having the proper knowledge and awareness of your health will ensure that you’re well prepared for any medical challenge you take on. These routine test allow doctors to monitor, diagnose, and treat conditions before they become catastrophic health events that send patients to the emergency room or an extended hospital stay, saving them from the crippling medical debt associated with such events. Thankfully, most of the services mentioned in this article are covered under the Minimum Essential Care (MEC) clause of the Affordable Care Act. This means if you have a non-grandfathered employer sponsored or healthcare exchange medical plan, many preventative services are provided to you at no cost. Covered services can also include screenings for sexually transmitted diseases, flu shots, and counseling for smoking cessation and weight loss. These covered services and tests drastically reduce the out-of-pocket medical expenses formerly associated with preventative care and statistics show has also reduced the overall cost of healthcare.

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Infographic created by HIMS, a specialty men’s telehealth provider.