Men’s Health at Middle Age

Unlike women, men are not as proactive about scheduling well exams. But for many men, especially at middle age, simple screening tests and lifestyle changes can help them live a full life and prevent diseases.

Matthew Kearney, PA-C, with White Oak Pediatric and Adult Medicine encourages his patients to stay on top of their health with yearly well exams. “Our bodies are similar to classic cars, as we age there is more maintenance that needs to be done,” explains Matt. “We have to treat our bodies differently than we did in our 20s.” This means eating lots of fruits and vegetables, getting seven to eight hours of nightly sleep and exercising.

During a well exam, Matt spends time talking to patients about diet and exercise. “I hear lots of ‘I use to’ statements,” says Matt. “But eating the right foods and regular exercise can go a long way in increasing stamina.” Matt encourages patients to create an exercise schedule and stick with it.

During a routine medical exam patients can expect:

  • Height and weight measurements
  • Vital sign check to include blood pressure, heart and respiratory rate and temperature
  • Heart exam to listen for an irregular heartbeat
  • Lung exam to listen for any wheezing or crackling sounds
  • Abdominal exam to view the shape of the abdomen and identify any masses
  • Skin exam to look for any abnormal moles or skin growths
  • Testicular, penis, hernia and prostate exam

Additional screenings, such as cholesterol, blood glucose, vitamin D, prostate and colorectal will depend on the patient’s age and medical history. “There are some screenings that men would prefer not to do,” says Matt. “But it’s better to know that something is wrong because earlier treatment and can lead to better outcomes.”

The biggest problem men face is lack of health care monitoring. According to the American Family Physician, nearly one in three men do not have a primary care provider. If you are a man age 40 or older and haven’t seen a physician in more than a year, it’s time schedule a well visit with a provider. If you don’t have a primary care provider, visit our Meritus Medical Group page locate a provider right for you.