How to keep men healthy: crit­i­cal health tests

Pro­fes­sor Ker­ryn Phelps re­veals the reg­u­lar health checks men should un­dergo to pick up early warn­ing signs of ill­nesses and dis­eases.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS -

New Zealand males now have one of the high­est life ex­pectan­cies in the world. Com­pared with boys born in 1900, boys born in 2013-2015 can ex­pect to live about 22 years longer. This is largely due to im­proved early child­hood care, im­mu­ni­sa­tion and the devel­op­ment of med­i­cal treat­ments such as an­tibi­otics for in­fec­tious dis­eases.

How­ever, males might be liv­ing longer but they are do­ing so with a greater bur­den of chronic dis­ease. About one-third of males have a chronic health con­di­tion such as asthma, arthri­tis, can­cer, diabetes, heart and cir­cu­la­tory dis­eases or os­teo­poro­sis. Nearly 70 per cent of Kiwi males are over­weight or obese, and nearly 20 per cent are smok­ers.

If you are a man, or you are look­ing out for the health and well­be­ing of the spe­cial males in your life, there is so much to think about. As a GP, my job is to look out for the ap­pro­pri­ate check-ups and in­ves­ti­ga­tions at dif­fer­ent life stages. In or­der to do this, it is im­por­tant to have a reg­u­lar GP who knows your health his­tory and who is able to guide you.

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