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Maintaining healthy lifestyle choices, a good diet and getting regular medical check-ups and screening tests can dramatically influence your health. Regardless of age, keep your health in check by doing the following:
HAVE AN ANNUAL PHYSICAL
Find a doctor and make a yearly appointment each Movember for a general health check. Getting annual checkups, preventative screening tests and immunizations are among the most important things you can do to stay healthy.

KNOW YOUR FAMILY HEALTH HISTORY
Family history is one of the most powerful tools to understanding your health. Family history affects your level of risk for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, among other illnesses. It all starts with a conversation; talk to your family and take note of illnesses that a direct relative has experienced. Be sure to learn about relatives that are deceased as well.

DON’T SMOKE!
If you do smoke, stop! Compared to non-smokers, men who smoke are about 23 times more likely to develop lung cancer. Smoking causes about 90% of lung cancer deaths and doubles your risk of heart disease.

BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE
If you are not already doing some form of exercise, start small and work up to a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. Stay on the move throughout the day; long periods of sitting increases your risk for disease. Every little bit counts – take the stairs instead of the elevator or take a walk during your lunch break.

KEEP IT REGULAR
As best you can, try to keep a schedule and eat, sleep and exercise at the same time each day.

SLEEP WELL
The quality of your sleep can dictate how much you eat, how fast your metabolism runs, how fat or thin you are, how well you can fight off infections and how well you can cope with stress. Keep a regular pattern of sleep, going to bed and waking up at roughly the same time is key.
KNOW YOUR BODY
You should record every sign and symptom you experience and discuss this with your doctor.

EAT A HEALTHY DIET
Fill up with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and choose healthy proteins like lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and nuts. Eat foods low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars. Moderation is key, as is eating a wide range of foods to ensure you get a variety of nutrients. The best source of vitamins is from food.

STAY AT A HEALTHY WEIGHT
Balance calories from foods and beverages with calories you burn off by physical activities. Only 33% of adults are at a healthy weight for their height. Obesity and being overweight pose a major risk for chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke and certain cancers.

MANAGE YOUR STRESS
Stress, particularly long-term stress, can be the factor in the onset or worsening of ill health. Managing your stress is essential to your health and well-being. Take ‘time out’ each day and go for a walk or do something you find relaxing.

DRINK ALCOHOL ONLY IN MODERATION
Alcohol can be part of a healthy balanced diet, but only if consumed in moderation. This means no more than two drinks a day for men, and one drink a day for women (a standard drink is one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler, one 5-ounce glass of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits).

Wellness Checks By Age

20-29
BLOOD PRESSURE
Every 2 years or annually if high/low

FASTING CHOLESTEROL
 Every 5 years or more frequently with an abnormal test result
 
DENTAL HEALTH
Annual check up

EYE HEALTH
 Every 2 years or as doctor recommends

IMMUNIZATIONS
Tetanus-diphtheria at age 19 and annual flu vaccine

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES
Regular Checks and HPV vaccine if appropriate

SKIN CANCER
Look for marks or changes on your skin and have a doctor do an annual skin check

TESTICULAR CANCER
Monthly self-exam, especially if there is a family history
 
30-39
BLOOD PRESSURE
Every 2 years or annually if high/low

FASTING CHOLESTEROL
Every 5 years or more frequently with an abnormal test result

DENTAL HEALTH
 Annual check up

EYE HEALTH
Every 2 years or as doctor recommends

IMMUNIZATIONS
 Tetanus-diphtheria booster every 10 years and annual flu vaccine

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES
 Regular checks, if appropriate

SKIN CANCER
 Look for marks or changes on your skin and have a doctor do an annual skin check

TESTICULAR CANCER
Monthly self-exam, especially if there is a family history
 
40-49
BLOOD PRESSURE
 Every 2 years or annually if high/low

FASTING CHOLESTEROL & INFLAMMATION MARKERS
Every 3-5 years or more frequently with an abnormal test result

DENTAL HEALTH
 Annual check up

DIABETES
Blood sugar test –hemoglobin A1c– at age 45, or earlier if overweight or other risk factors are present

EYE HEALTH
Every 2 years or as doctor recommends

IMMUNIZATIONS
 Tetanus-diphtheria booster every 10 years and annual flu vaccine

PROSTATE CANCER
Baseline PSA test if African-American
or there is a family history; age 50 otherwise

SKIN CANCER
Look for marks or changes on your skin and have a doctor do an annual skin check

DISCUSS WITH YOUR DOCTOR
The role of aspirin to lower risks for certain cancers and heart disease. The role of statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) for prevention of heart disease
 
50-59
BLOOD PRESSURE
 Every 2 years or annually if high/low

FASTING CHOLESTEROL & INFLAMMATION MARKERS
 Every 3-5 years or more frequently with an abnormal test result

COLORECTAL CANCER
 Annual check up

DENTAL HEALTH
 Annual check up

DIABETES
Annual check up

EYE HEALTH
 Every 2 years or as doctor recommends

IMMUNIZATIONS
 Tetanus-diphtheria booster every 10 years and annual flu vaccine

OSTEOPOROSIS
 If risk factors are present

PROSTATE CANCER
Annual check up

SKIN CANCER
Look for marks or changes on your skin and have a doctor do an annual skin check

DISCUSS WITH YOUR DOCTOR
The role of aspirin to lower risks for certain cancers and heart disease. The role of statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) for prevention of heart disease
 
60-69
ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND
 Men between ages 65–75 who have smoked

BLOOD PRESSURE
Every 2 years or annually if high/low

FASTING CHOLESTEROL & INFLAMMATION MARKERS
Every 5 years or more frequently with an abnormal test result

COLORECTAL CANCER
Annual check up

DENTAL HEALTH
Annual check up

DIABETES
Every 3 years or as doctor recommends

EYE HEALTH
Every 2 years or as doctor recommends

IMMUNIZATIONS
Tetanus-diphtheria booster every 10 years, annual flu vaccine, and shingles/herpes zoster vaccine once after age 60

HEARING
If you are over age 65, have your hearing checked

OSTEOPOROSIS
If risk factors are present

PROSTATE CANCER
Annual check up

SKIN CANCER
Look for marks or changes on your skin
and have a doctor do an annual skin check

DISCUSS WITH YOUR DOCTOR
 The role of aspirin to lower risks for certain cancers and heart disease. The role of statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) for prevention of heart disease
 
70+
ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND
Men between ages 65–75 who have smoked

BLOOD PRESSURE
Every 2 years or annually if high/low

FASTING CHOLESTEROL & INFLAMMATION MARKERS
Every 5 years or more frequently with an abnormal test result

COLORECTAL CANCER
Annual check up

DENTAL HEALTH
Annual check up

DIABETES
Every 3 years or as doctor recommends.

EYE HEALTH
Every 2 years or as doctor recommends

IMMUNIZATIONS
Tetanus-diphtheria booster every 10 years, annual flu vaccine, and pneumococcal vaccine after age 65

HEARING
Annual check up

PROSTATE CANCER
Annual check up

SKIN CANCER
Look for marks or changes on your skin and have a doctor do an annual skin check

DISCUSS WITH YOUR DOCTOR
The role of aspirin to lower risks for certain cancers and heart disease. The role of statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) for prevention of heart disease


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