Routine Tests for Men

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When it comes to cars, you know when to change the oil, rotate the tires, and have the front end aligned. But you may not be as diligent about caring for your body as you are about your car.

The body needs routine maintenance, no matter how many miles you have on it. Some men never get that care, and end up breaking down on the road, so to speak. For many that’s because they have no dealership to remind them when they’re due for service.

“People bounce around from doctor to doctor and no one is really working with them on an ongoing basis,” says Rick Kellerman, MD, president-elect of the American Family Physicians, who practices in Wichita, Kan.

“I think the No. 1 thing is probably establishing a relationship with a physician that you know, and that you trust, and that you can communicate with,” he tells WebMD.

In addition to having a primary doctor, wouldn’t it be nice to have a basic maintenance schedule for your health? Well, here you go.

Keep in mind that the following schedule is meant for generally healthy men. Recommendations may differ for men who have — or once had — significant medical problems, or have other factors that might increase risks.

Every Day

  • Fill up with good fuel.

The National Institutes of Health encourages men to eat 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables a day.

Like your car, your body needs quality fuel to keep it running smoothly. flu shot.

You don’t have to worry about your car catching something in a crowded parking lot. People, however, are prone to infectious diseases like influenza. Every year 5%-20% of the U.S. population comes down with the blood pressure.

Keeping your blood pressure in the normal range is at least as important as keeping the correct air pressure in your tires. “Everybody ought to know their blood pressure,” Kellerman says. Men over age 50 or those who have a family history of high blood pressure should have it checked at least every year.

  • Colon cancer screening

    Most routine cholesterol test.

  • For many men aged 20 and up, having a tetanus vaccine booster every 10 years, especially if you’re the kind of guy who gets a lot of cuts and scrapes.