Men’s health at every age

Tips for wellness at any age

One of my greatest worries is that someday my mom will call to tell me that my dad has had a heart attack. My fear of losing him without warning or seeing him seriously ill is one reason why I encourage my dad and my husband to live healthy lives. You can encourage the men in your life to lead healthy lifestyles too. Here are some guidelines.

Wellness at any age:

  • Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
  • Eat a smart, well-balanced diet.
  • Visit the dentist twice a year for a routine cleaning and exam.
  • Get a diphtheria-tetanus vaccination every 10 years; substitute one 10-year dose with a diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis shot before age 65.
  • Do a monthly skin self-exam to check for new moles or changes in moles.
  • Get your blood pressure checked at least every two years.

Wellness in your 20s:

  • Get a baseline cholesterol panel (total, LDL, HDL, triglycerides).
  • Get baseline vision and hearing exams.
  • Get a baseline overall skin exam.

Wellness in your 30s and 40s:

  • Get your cholesterol and blood glucose levels checked at least every five years.
  • Have your thyroid tested starting at age 35, then every five years.
  • Get your vision and hearing checked based on your individual needs.
  • Get an annual skin cancer clinical exam.

Wellness in your 50s:

  • Get a colorectal exam every five years.
  • Get your cholesterol and blood glucose levels and your thyroid checked at least every five years.
  • Get your vision and hearing checked based on your individual needs.
  • Get an annual skin cancer clinical exam.

Wellness in your 60s and 70s:

  • Get vaccinated. You should have an annual flu shot; a pneumonia vaccination once after age 65; and a diphtheria-tetanus shot every 10 years, substituting one 10-year dose with a diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccination once before age 65.
  • Get your cholesterol and blood glucose levels and your thyroid checked at least every five years.
  • Get a colorectal exam every five years.
  • Get your vision and hearing checked based on your individual needs.
  • Get an annual skin cancer clinical exam.

Health screenings

Talk to your primary care physician about recommended health screenings for your age. Health screenings include:

  • Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides: Identifies people at high risk for coronary artery disease. Every five years, or more often if lab results are abnormal
  • Blood pressure: Detects high blood pressure (higher than 120/80). Every two years
  • Skin cancer clinical exam: Detects and treats any skin changes in early stages. Annually
  • Skin cancer self-exam: Look for moles with irregular shape, color, or size. Monthly
  • General physical exam: Detect conditions before symptoms develop. Annually
  • General eye exam: Detect hidden disease processes in the eyes or body. Every five to 10 years
  • Testicular self-exam: Detect testicular cancer, the most common cancer in men in the U.S. between ages 15 and 35. Monthly

Men’s bodies go through many changes during a lifetime. But it’s never too later to pursue a healthy mind, body and spirit.


Men’s Health: A Family Affair

Educate. Empower. Engage.

Bring the whole family to this free community event focused on helping men live longer, healthier lives. Activities include free food and prizes, free health screenings, discussion on disease prevention and wellness, financial health tips, career advice and spiritual health resources.

Saturday, Sept. 13
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.
Louisville, Kentucky
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