The Health Checks You Should Have Based On Your Age

Author: Adam Macdougall   Date Posted:11 June 2019 

If you're like me, it takes a lot to get you to the doctors. And we're not alone. Most Aussie blokes rarely go to the doctors when they should, adopting a "she'll be right" mentality instead. 

The truth is, we should all be going to the doctor regularly to ensure everything is okay. Early detection is key for your health, and knowing what to ask for when you go to the doctors makes it a lot easier.

Don't put your wellbeing on the backburner, here are the health checks you should get at each stage of life, to make it to the next stage.

 

All Ages

There are a couple of things men of all ages should get regular check-ups for. These problems don't discriminate by age, so it's important to make them a regular occurrence.

Skin Cancer / Melanoma

If you notice any changes to your skin, new spots, or changing spots, it's important to get a skin check by a professional. The Cancer Council provide good information on how to Check for Signs of Skin Cancer and be sure to have regular skin checks depending upon your risk level.

Dental Health

Poor dental health can have adverse effects on not just your oral health, but other parts of your body. Keep your pearly whites healthy with regular dental check-ups. 

 

20's

During your 20's, the main focus of health checks is early detection for preventable disease, sexual health, and mental health. We all think we're invincible when we are young, so don't let something preventable jeopardise that mindset. Here are the health checks you should be having:

  • Annual physical exam, including blood pressure, height, and weight.
  • Testicular Checks - Testicular cancer is the second most common type of cancer in men aged 18-39. Do a monthly self-check, and to go to a doctor should you notice any changes or hard lumps.
  • Regular sexual health checks – Ask your GP about STI urine/blood tests if you are having regular sexual intercourse
  • Cholesterol testing every five years
  • If you have a family history of disease or are of ATSI background, it is recommended to speak to your GP about early screening.
  • Mental health checkups regularly depending on what's happening in life.

 

30's

In your 30's, work seems to take over, a family may come into the scene and life becomes a whole lot busier. In this decade, you should maintain all the check-ups listed above regularly. In addition, you should also have:

  • Blood tests for diabetes, thyroid disease, liver problems, and anemia
  • Screening for coronary heart disease once a year

 

40's

As we move into our 40's, the risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, and cardiac complications increase. This means a healthy diet and nutrition are increasingly important. Regular check-ups in this stage of life are especially important. The check-ups you should be having include:

  • Annual physical exam to include blood pressure, height, weight, and BMI
  • Cardiovascular evaluation every five years
  • Screening for prostate cancer every year
  • Eye check for glaucoma

 

50's

Having accumulated over half a century of knowledge and experience at this point, your 50's are the beginning of the golden years. It's also the beginning of the high-risk stage of your health. The health tests you should be having include:

  • Annual screening for type 2 diabetes
  • Lipid disorder screenings yearly
  • Annual vision and hearing exams
  • Colon Cancer check-up, based upon GP recommendation
  • Bowel cancer development test every two years
  • Prostate exam every year
  • Bone Density Scan, screening for osteoporosis and low density. 

 

60's +

By the time you hit 60, health check-ups should just about be routine. 60 and beyond looks different for everyone, so it's important to listen to your body and consult with your GP regularly based upon your medical history. By this age, you should know enough about your own health and body to know when to see the doctor, and every 6 months minimum is what you should aim for. The tests you should get, in addition to the tests in your 50's, include:

  • Annual osteoporosis and bone density scans.
  • Colon screenings, based on previous studies and results
  • Screening for dementia and Alzheimer's annually.
  • Annual vision and hearing exams

While these tests and screenings are a guide, your own health and family history may require additional testing and screening. Make your health a priority, and remember, 70% of your health is determined by your lifestyle and what you eat.