Health is wealth. How many times have you heard the saying “if you have your health, you have everything”? Even though you know there’s a lot of truth to that statement, often you take your health for granted until a problem arises.    It’s not until you receive that sudden “wake-up call” that you begin to take the necessary steps to live a healthier lifestyle. Wouldn’t you rather minimize this situation as much as possible, or  avoid it all together? Why not put yourself in the driver’s seat and implement a plan of healthy lifestyle choices throughout the optimal time of your life? This includes not only your daily health habits, but also taking action to schedule annual health care screening procedures.   Put yourself in the position to be able to identify any potential problem areas and correct them before they lead to something more serious!

Why Get Routine Health Screenings?

When you’re young, probably the only time you visit your doctor is when you’re sick. Even if you are feeling well, you should visit your healthcare provider regularly for a routine checkup. It will help you to understand your health better and will identify issues that may be just beginning. Your doctor will check your blood pressure, lungs, heart, general physical state then do routine blood work to check your blood sugar, cholesterol, blood count, etc. If you have any abnormality in all these, you can detect it early and take necessary steps to correct that area. Many potential health problems do not show any early symptoms. Therefore, a screening would be very helpful to protect you from many future complications.

Here are a few of the routine health screening tests recommended for young men:

Blood Pressure Screening

A healthy range for your blood pressure is considered to be somewhere in the range of 70-80/110-120’s. Blood pressure will vary due to a wide variety of things including stress, illness, disease, heart issues, etc. A periodic routine check of your blood pressure is important because it can clue you in to many underlying problems that you might be experiencing without even being aware of it!

In addition to that, you need to observe your blood pressure more carefully if you have some other health issues like kidney problems, heart diseases, and diabetes. Make sure to discuss this with your doctor and follow the guidelines he gives you.

Diabetes Screening

Diabetes screening gives information about the way your body is able to convert sugar into the glucose to use to fuel and power your body. Valuable information can be obtained just through a routine blood test and simple dietary changes can be made to correct this situation before it goes any further.

Cholesterol and Heart Screening

Your doctor will not only listen to your heart but also check your cholesterol levels via routine blood work. With any risk factor like diabetes and heart disease, you need regular cholesterol screening from the early twenties.

Oral Exam

Your level of oral health can be a clue to your overall level of health. If you have any teeth or gum issues such as swelling, bleeding, or possible sores that will not heal, this can be a possible signal of other deeper problems.

Eye Screening

Eye screening can reveal possible vision changes and can address underlying problems. Many headaches can be attributed to changes in your eyesight. Be sure to mention these to your doctor.

Personal Screening

This is an optimal time to speak with your doctor about any questions or concerns you might have about sexual issues such as intercourse, STD’s, birth control, testosterone levels, etc. Don’t be shy about discussing this area with your doctor. The only “dumb’ question is that question that you have, but are afraid to ask. Your doctor will give you sound medical advice even with the most sensitive issues.

In summary, regular health screenings are important at every age, but especially to young men who typically tend to ignore any sign or symptom until it becomes a problem. If you truly believe “health is wealth”, then take steps to protect that wealth by protecting your health! #healthscreenings #assetprotection101

If you’re looking for a great family doctor to help you keep your health at the top level, Dr. William Cheatham in Pompano Beach is the perfect doctor for you! Not only is Dr. Cheatham a gifted physician who is highly respected by his peers, but he is also a “fan-favorite” with all his patients! Contact his office today at 954-364-3673 and schedule your appointment.  Take that first step to taking control of your health!  You’ll be glad you did!