How to Check Under Your Hood

For guys, there’s more to spring than cleaning, it’s the season of “The Checklist.” Rake the lawn? Check. Switch out those winter tires? Check. Cheer for your favourite Canadian team in the NHL playoffs? Che…whaaaat?!? No checkmark there this year, but we’ll be there next season!

This year, there’s an especially important and beneficial item to add to your checklist: The Men’s Maintenance Guide. The purpose of the Men’s Maintenance Guide is to take the hassle and confusion out of key medical questions we need to ask our doctors. Think of it as an all-in-one checklist of essential screening tests and vaccinations. After all, there’s a lot at stake here: this guide serves as a reminder that we all need to take responsibility for ensuring our health.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Just like a guy’s health evolves as we age, the Men’s Maintenance Guide evolves, too. Here’s what we mean:

  • Guys aged 20 to 39 have a dozen things to check on a regular basis, from annual flu shots, to eye exams every 10 years and even a heads up on when you should “check the boys.” It also includes regular awareness of any mental health issues. “Regular,” by the way, means discussing any signs of depression with family, friends and a health-care professional.
  • The list grows for those 40 to 54-year-olds among us. Chest health, for example, should be checked every 2 to 3 years. Prostate exams, which are never as bad as they might seem, should also be scheduled every 2 years. Physical exams become more regular, going from every 3 to 5 years to every three, period.
  • As for men aged 55-plus, bone health comes on board along with abdominal ultrasounds, colorectal exams…the checklist goes on.

It can feel like a lot to keep track of, which is exactly why the Men’s Maintenance Guide is such a useful tool. Print it out and tape it to the inside of your medicine cabinet, gym locker, or anywhere it can serve as a reminder. “Forgetting” to fertilize this spring might mean a few more weeds this summer, but forgetting a key medical exam? That could really cost you.

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