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Top 4 Health Screenings for Men Over 50

As we age, there are necessary medical screenings that should be conducted on an annual or semi-annual basis. To live a healthy and fulfilling life, it’s crucial to be proactive and check your body to prevent life-threatening illnesses.

It’s especially important to check up on the body more often once you cross over 40. Many major illnesses tend to surface during that decade and early detection can result in rapid treatment and life-saving results.

Attend to these critical screenings:

  1. Prostate exam. It’s always better to catch cancer in its early stages. Preventative medicine is an important part of gaining and maintaining a positive quality of life. Prostate issues can inhibit a man’s ability to urinate normally and greatly diminish his health.

• Digital rectal examination of the prostate is the first type of test. This will detect enlargement of the prostate and any hardening that could indicate cancer.

  1. Blood pressure check. Checking your blood pressure at least twice a year is recommended.

• High blood pressure can indicate being at risk for heart disease and stroke.

• High blood pressure hardens the walls of the arteries and makes the heart work harder than it needs to maintain a functioning body.

• High blood pressure can negatively affect your ability to think clearly and the use of your memory as you age.

• There are things you can do to control your blood pressure: avoid heavy sodium and caffeine in foods and drinks, increase your cardio exercise, and proactively reduce stress in your life.

  1. Cholesterol screening. There are two types of cholesterol: LDL is bad for your health while HDL is beneficial. Your doctor will draw blood and complete a lipoprotein profile to assess your cholesterol levels.

• HDL cholesterol prevents fat build-up in the arteries caused by high levels of LDL cholesterol. It is desirable to have a higher amount of HDL cholesterol than LDL.

• High cholesterol can negatively influence your body and mind. Heart disease is a major effect of having high LDL cholesterol because fat slowly clogs arteries and reduces blood flow away from the heart. This increases the work that the heart has to put out for the body to continue to operate.

• You can control your cholesterol through healthy eating. Omega-3 fatty acids that are present in fish, nuts, and avocados will raise your HDL and lower your LDL cholesterol.

  1. Testosterone level. For a man over 50, having low levels of testosterone in the blood can impact the personal aspects of their life. The doctor will use blood work to confirm your testosterone level.

• Low testosterone can lead to reduced sex drive and erectile dysfunction in men. These conditions can cause issues in your personal and private relationships and may impact your self-esteem.

• Low testosterone can physically impact a man’s appearance. Decreases in muscle mass and bone density and increases in belly fat are results of low testosterone. These side effects can impact a man’s self-esteem and eventually their mobility as they age.

Each of these crucial screenings can allow you to take the initiative in detecting illnesses at the beginning stages. Early intervention is the key to curing or sustaining a better quality of life as you age gracefully.

Knowing your body’s conditions will give you peace of mind and enrich your soul. Knowing that you are being proactive will inspire you to become proactive in other aspects of your life.

Knowledge is power. Checking on your body will enable you to feel power over your health.

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Dr. Draion M. Burch, DO (Dr. Drai) – a highly respected, board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist – is a nationally-recognized author, speaker, consultant, and go-to media expert on women’s health and transgender health issues. He travels the country to meet with women one-on-one and in groups to provide and instruct on healthcare. Although Dr. Drai may be requested to spread his medical expertise to all four corners of the U.S., he always makes time to genuinely help those in need. As a pragmatic physician who offers endless charisma, high energy, and a larger-than-life personality, his “bedside manner” makes it obvious why his patients have named Dr. Drai “America’s OBGYN.” Dr. Drai is the founder and chief medical advisor of DrDrai.com, where he discusses actionable ideas and real-world strategies to help women take control of their health. As an openly gay gynecologist he has patients flocking to him and his website for not only his medical expertise, but because of the security they feel in the way he cares for, relates to, and teaches women about subjects ranging from embarrassing vaginal care to serious sexual assault. His mission: Real medical advice, simplified. Dr. Drai takes his unique brand to the camera on his YouTube channel to spill his popular “Medical T” (TIPS) helping his self-titled #Preggos, #GYNEGirls and #GENTs pursue a healthier life. Dr. Drai’s on-point advice on off-the-wall questions about sexual health issues has many calling him a “sexpert.” Dr. Drai earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree from The Ohio University and completed his internship and residency at Michigan State University.

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