Health Care Guidelines For Men
Routine activities for men to ensure good health
These charts provide general healthcare guidelines for men, but are not meant to replace any advice and guidance given by your physician. Please use them as a reminder to take care of your personal healthcare needs, and also as a list of topics you may want to discuss with your physician.
Exercise 30 minutes (at least 5 days each week).
Perform a testicular self-examination.
Have a dental checkup once or twice a year.
After age 20: every 5 years have a full lipid profile test for cholesterol and triglycerides.
Protect yourself from the sun -- use sunscreen and dress appropriately.
Perform an oral cavity self-examination -- gums, teeth, lips, tongue.
After age 50:
Every 3 years
Watch your fat intake -- no more than 30 percent of your caloric intake.
Perform a full-body self-examination for unusual moles or other skin conditions.
After age 50: have a DRE (digital rectal examination).
Every 2 years
Eat 2 - 3 servings of protein (meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, nuts) and dairy products.
Be aware of your blood pressure level.
After age 50: talk to your health care provider about the risks and benefits of having a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test.
After age 50:
Eat 6 - 11 servings of grains;
Be aware of your cholesterol level.
After age 50: have a flu shot yearly.
Be aware of your alcohol intake. Limit yourself to no more than 2 drinks per day.
Be aware of your weight -- check your BMI (body mass index).
The importance of preventive healthcare
According to information found in the Congressional Record (S.J. Res. 179):
Significant numbers of male-related health problems such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, infertility, and colon cancer could be detected and treated if more men were aware of these problems and what can be done to prevent them, or find them early when they are easier to treat. Educating both the public and healthcare providers about the importance of early detection of male health problems will result in reducing rates of mortality for these diseases.
Many men are reluctant to visit their health center or physician for regular screening examinations of male-related problems for a variety of reasons including fear, lack of information, and cost. Men who are educated about the value that preventive health care can play in prolonging their lifespan and their role as a productive family member will be more likely to participate in health screenings.