Men: Tune up your health engines – schedule a preventive exam

Guys, you’re probably more concerned about getting your patrol car or your personal vehicle in tip-top running order than you are about your personal health. Men often delay having their physical exams and experience health difficulties that can go unnoticed or neglected – hence the topic of this article.

OK, you know who you are, so now is a good time to get a checkup of your body’s vital engines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Firas Quddos

Make time for your physical exam

“Regular exams and health screenings can help you stay healthier by identifying existing or potential illnesses. Some illnesses – such as heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancers – are ‘silent,’ meaning they don’t present noticeable symptoms in the early stages,” says Firas Quddos, M.D., a board-certified Family Medicine physician at Kelsey-Seybold’s Pearland Clinic. “Regular medical checkups can help detect many of these illnesses on the earlier side, which usually translates into more treatment options with better patient outcomes.”

Depending on your overall health, age, and medical history, here are five health measurements your physician or physician’s assistant may check:

5 check-ups for better health

  1. Have your blood pressure evaluated for evidence of hypertension.
  2. Cholesterol levels can be measured for cardiovascular issues if clogged arteries are suspected.
  3. If the physician thinks there’s a need, a test to measure your blood glucose level may be ordered to check for diabetes or prediabetes.
  4. Vaccinations: Flu, COVID-19, and other immunizations are necessary for you and your family’s health. (This is especially important for overcrowded air travel.) It may also be time for that easy-to-ignore tetanus shot. And, if older than 60, ask the doctor about shingles vaccinations.
  5. A prostate exam may be advisable if suspicious symptoms are present.

Your exam also offers an opportunity to discuss making healthier lifestyle modifications, such as cutting back on tobacco and alcohol, managing your weight, and starting a regular exercise regimen. If necessary, additional diagnostic tests may be recommended, such as scheduling a colonoscopy to check your risk for colorectal cancer.

“Regular physical exams are a smart way to help keep your body’s engine tuned up and running smoothly for a healthier ride along life’s road,” says Dr. Quddos.

And ladies, if the man in your life is delaying his physical exam, consider scheduling it for him – it’s good way to show how much you care.

 

To schedule an appointment with a Kelsey-Seybold physician, call 713-442-0000.