How to get a quick snapshot of your current and future health
“Man, I really miss fax machines”…said no one ever. Same goes for payphones and TV rabbit ears. Many things that were once commonplace are now rare or have vanished completely — and nobody misses them!
These days, you can add “health confusion” and “old-school physical exams” to the list of celebrated extinctions. How have these two headaches been cured? Check it out:
Free and confidential online health tool for guys
The Men’s Health Check Tool is an awesome first step in making small, easy health changes that lead to big-time benefits over the long haul. By answering YouCheck’s 20 questions, you get a unique snapshot of your current and future health. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete the survey and generate a free, customized report that shows you how to make health changes.
In short, YouCheck helps you know where you stand in terms of your health. Now that’s progress! Speaking of progress, it may involve seeing your doctor, which brings us to the second great disappearance…
Back in the day, every part of your body was examined during a doctor checkup. These days, the process is quicker, more efficient and more effective, because the list of things that get checked depends on your age.
How often should men have a health checkup? What you get checked and when you get checked varies depending on your age. For example, when you’re between 40 and 59 you need to get your blood pressure checked yearly, your prostate checked every 4 years, and your eyes checked every 3 years.
Does that sound like a lot to remember? We’ve got you. Download the free Men’s Maintenance Guide right now to get the 411 on all of that. (If you don’t know what “the 411” is, no worries. No one dials 4-1-1 anymore either!) The “Men’s Maintenance Guide” takes the hassle and confusion out of key medical questions you need to ask your doctor, and provides an awesome all-in-one checklist of essential screening tests and vaccinations.
How often should you get a blood test? The Guide can help. When do you need booster shots? The Guide can help. What can you do to stay healthy? The Guide also offers easy everyday tips that can help you look and feel like a superhero (minus the Spandex, unless that’s your thing). Where can I find a working payphone? Ummmm…good luck with that!
Why checkups are important for men
The expression “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” fits doctor checkups to a tee. While the Men’s Maintenance Guide and YouCheck are great tools for getting a handle on your health, they do not replace doctor checkups, which can detect health issues BEFORE they become problems. “Nip it in the bud,” as they say. Plus, checkups build a record of your health that can keep your body humming and tuned up.
How often should you get a health checkup?
According to the Men’s Maintenance Guide, guys aged 20 to 54 should go for periodic health exams every 3 to 5 years, or more frequently if you have a concern or question about your health. If you’re 55 or older, every 2 years is recommended. If you’re 115 or older, you must be doing a great job of making it to your checkups!
How do you get a general health checkup?
It’s easy! Call your doctor’s office to make an appointment for a checkup. If you don’t have a doctor, ask friends or family members about theirs, or use the Internet to search “find a doctor” and your province of residence. Another option: Call your nearest walk-in medical centre to let them know you would like a checkup.
You COULD try faxing them, but these days a simple phone call is a MUCH better bet…
No time for a checkup? No problem!
In less time than it takes to shower and shave, our YouCheck online health tool will help you dodge unhealthy bullets and provide straightforward doctor-backed tips.
Adam Bisby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and father of two. He’s been covering men’s health for over 20 years. As well as researching and blogging for Don’t Change Much since 2015, Adam’s award-winning work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and National Post newspapers.