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7 Mandatory Health Check-ups for all Men

Being healthy and keeping good health is important for a successful man. Here’s a list of seven tests that help you by keeping you informed about your health status and keep you informed about what is really going on inside your body.

1. BMI

BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It is the ratio of your height to your weight. People with a higher than normal range (18.5-22.5) BMI are considered obese and are at a risk of metabolic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

Why is this relevant for men?

Men are more prone to having a higher BMI’s mainly because of the hectic lifestyles that lead to poor and untimely dietary habits.

How often should the test be done?

About once every three months. There are free online resources that can be used to get this done. Here’s a link.

2. Cholesterol

Cholesterol is found in every cell of the body and has important natural functions. It is manufactured by the body but can also be taken in from food. It is waxy and fat-like in appearance.

Cholesterol is oil-based and so does not mix with the blood, which is water-based. It is therefore carried around the body in the blood by lipoproteins.

The parcels of cholesterol are carried by two types of lipoprotein:

1. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL – cholesterol carried by this type is known as ‘bad’ cholesterol)

2. High-density lipoprotein (HDL – cholesterol carried by this type is known as ‘good’ cholesterol).

Why is this relevant for men?

India is the heart attack capital of the world. Men in India are affected most by this. The leading cause for heart disease is unchecked and high cholesterol levels.

How often should this test be done?

Checking your cholesterol levels every six months is a good idea. The ideal LDL to HDL ratio is 3.5-1.

Find medical labs and get discounts for this test on Zureka.com.

3. Lipid Profile

Lipids are a group of naturally occurring molecules that include fats, waxes, sterols, fat-soluble vitamins (such as vitamins A, D, E, and K), monoglycerides, diglycerides, triglycerides, phospholipids, and others.

Why is this relevant for men?

Unchecked lipid profile levels are a leading cause of heart and metabolic conditions that are prevalent mostly amongst males.

How often should this test be done?

Ideally this test should be done about once or twice per year.

Find medical labs and get discounts for this test on Zureka.com.

4. Blood pressure

High blood pressure is an indication of deeper systemic problems that all lead to the same conclusion. An unhealthy environment for the body where all the bodily systems suffer, mostly the heart.

How is this relevant for men?

Heart problems plague men most, it is absolutely crucial to know how your blood pressure levels are holding up. Especially if you are starting to feel fatigued and tired easily.

How often should this test be done?

Because it is relatively easy and inexpensive to perform. This test can be done as frequently as once every two months.

5. HbA1c – Glycosylated haemoglobin

Diabetes is a chronic syndrome characterized by hypoglycaemia or hyperglycaemia and altered immune response of the body.

How is this relevant for men?

With dietary habits changing and inclining towards convenience as opposed to health to meet the busy and hectic day to day schedule, the incidence of diabetes is on a rise amongst Indian men.

How often should this test be done?

This test should be done every six months, as it gives a blood sugar profile for six months.

Visit Zureka for discounts on this test.

6. Skin check up

The largest organ of your body and often the most ignored one is, your skin. What we don’t realize is that the skin suffers as much or more than most organs in the body.

Why is this relevant for men?

The average Indian male is exposed to the sun for about 15-20 hours every week. Excessive sun exposure might cause malignant transformation in the melanocytes present in the skin and lead to melanoma. That innocent lesion that you might dismiss as just another mole. Might not be as innocent after all.

How often should this test be done?

Visit your nearest dermatologist and get any suspicious lesions tested every 6 months.

7. STD panel

Sexually transmitted diseases seem like a far-fetched thing to happen to you till you actually have it. These can be diseases that range from being seemingly harmless to being completely and absolutely life altering.

Why is this relevant for men?

Getting an STD panel is a responsibility of every sexually active male who wants to avoid a full blown outbreak of the disease. Remember, most STD’s can be prevented if dealt with in time.

How often should this test be done?

An entire STD panel is run on your blood when you donate blood. Reports are given upon request, why not donate blood to find out your status today. Blood can be very safely donated every six months.

Get this test done. Click here.

Or instead get a comprehensive checkup for yourself. Click here for Adults and click here for senior citizens.

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cloudchowk is a healthcare software company based out of Delhi. Its software help medical labs, clinics and patients share information and collaborate seamlessly.

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