Men ages 60+

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Learn the Facts

When you get a preventive medical test,
you're not just doing it for yourself. You're doing it for your family and
loved ones:



-- Men are 24 percent less likely than women
to have visited a doctor within the past year and are 22 percent more likely to
have neglected their cholesterol tests.


-- Men are 28 percent more likely than women
to be hospitalized for congestive heart failure.


-- Men are 32 percent more likely than women
to be hospitalized for long-term complications of diabetes and are more than
twice as likely than women to have a leg or foot amputated due to complications
related to diabetes.


-- Men are 24 percent more likely than women
to be hospitalized for pneumonia that could have been prevented by getting an
immunization.

The single most important way you can take
care of yourself and those you love is to actively take part in your health
care. Educate yourself on health care and participate in decisions with your
doctor. This site will help you get started.

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Men ages 60+

  1. 1. http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=613Fitango EducationHealth TopicsMen ages 60+
  2. 2. 1Overview**Learn the Facts**When you get a preventive medical test,youre not just doing it for yourself. Youre doing itfor your family andloved ones:
  3. 3. 2Overview**Learn the Facts**-- Men are 24 percent less likely than womento have visited a doctor within the past year andare 22 percent more likely tohave neglected their cholesterol tests.-- Men are 28 percent more likely than women
  4. 4. 3Overview**Learn the Facts**to be hospitalized for congestive heart failure.-- Men are 32 percent more likely than womento be hospitalized for long-term complications ofdiabetes and are more thantwice as likely than women to have a leg or footamputated due to complications
  5. 5. 4Overview**Learn the Facts**related to diabetes.-- Men are 24 percent more likely than womento be hospitalized for pneumonia that could havebeen prevented by getting animmunization.The single most important way you can take
  6. 6. 5Overview**Learn the Facts**care of yourself and those you love is to activelytake part in your healthcare. Educate yourself on health care andparticipate in decisions with yourdoctor. This site will help you get started.
  7. 7. 6Preventive Medical TestsScreening tests can find diseases early,when they’re easiest to treat. Talk to your doctorabout which preventivemedical tests you need to stay healthy.
  8. 8. 7Preventive Medical Tests**Body Mass Index**Your body mass index, or BMI, is a measure of yourbody fat based on yourheight and weight. It is used to screen for obesity.You can find your BMI byvisitinghttp://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi.
  9. 9. 8Preventive Medical Tests**Cholesterol**Once you turn 35 (or once you turn 20 if you haverisk factors like diabetes,history of heart disease, tobacco use, high bloodpressure, or BMI of 30 orover), have your cholesterol checked regularly.High blood cholesterol is one
  10. 10. 9Preventive Medical Tests**Cholesterol**of the major risk factors for heart disease.**Blood Pressure**Have your blood pressure checked every 2 years.High blood pressure increasesyour chance of getting heart or kidney disease andfor having a stroke. If you
  11. 11. 10Preventive Medical Tests**Cholesterol**have high blood pressure, you may needmedication to control it.**Cardiovascular Disease**Beginning at age 45 and through age 79, ask yourdoctor if you should takeaspirin every day to help lower your risk of a heartattack. How much aspirin
  12. 12. 11Preventive Medical Tests**Cholesterol**you should take depends on your age, your health,and your lifestyle.**Colorectal Cancer**Beginning at age 50 and through age 75, get testedfor colorectal cancer. Youand your doctor can decide which test is best. Howoften youll have the test
  13. 13. 12Preventive Medical Tests**Cholesterol**depends on which test you choose. If you have afamily history of colorectalcancer, you may need to be tested before you turn50.
  14. 14. 13Preventive Medical Tests**Other Cancers**Ask your doctor if you should be tested forprostate, lung, oral, skin, orother cancers.
  15. 15. 14Preventive Medical Tests**Sexually Transmitted Diseases**Talk to your doctor to see whether you should betested for gonorrhea,syphilis, chlamydia, or other sexually transmitteddiseases.
  16. 16. 15Preventive Medical Tests**HIV**Your doctor may recommend screening for HIV ifyou:-- Have sex with men-- Had unprotected sex with multiple partners-- Have used injected drugs
  17. 17. 16Preventive Medical Tests**HIV**-- Pay for sex or have sex partners who do-- Have past or current sex partners who areinfected with HIV-- Are being treated for sexually transmitteddiseases
  18. 18. 17Preventive Medical Tests**HIV**-- Had a blood transfusion between 1978 and1985
  19. 19. 18Preventive Medical Tests**Depression**If you have felt "down" or hopeless during the past2 weeks or youhave had little interest in doing things you usuallyenjoy, talk to your doctorabout depression. Depression is a treatable illness.
  20. 20. 19Preventive Medical Tests**Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm **If you are between the ages of 65 and 75 and havesmoked 100 or more cigarettesin your lifetime, ask your doctor to screen you foran abdominal aortic aneurysm.This is an abnormally large or swollen blood vesselin your stomach that can
  21. 21. 20Preventive Medical Tests**Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm **burst without warning.**Diabetes **If your blood pressure is higher than 135/80, askyour doctor to test you fordiabetes. Diabetes, or high blood sugar, can causeproblems with your heart,
  22. 22. 21Preventive Medical Tests**Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm **eyes, feet, kidneys, nerves, and other body parts.**Tobacco Use **If you smoke or use tobacco, talk to your doctorabout quitting. For tips onhow to quit, go to http://www.smokefree.gov orcall the National
  23. 23. 22Preventive Medical Tests**Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm **Quitline at 1-800-QUITNOW.
  24. 24. 23Stay HealthyYou can make healthy choices every day.
  25. 25. 24Stay Healthy**Be physically active **Walking briskly, mowing the lawn, playing teamsports, and biking are just afew examples of how you can get moving. If youare not already physicallyactive, start small and work up to 30 minutes a dayof moderate physical
  26. 26. 25Stay Healthy**Be physically active **activity for most days of the week.**Eat a healthy diet**Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free orlow-fat dairy products arehealthy choices. Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans,eggs, and nuts are good,
  27. 27. 26Stay Healthy**Be physically active **too. Try to eat foods that are low in saturated fats,trans fats, cholesterol,salt, and added sugars.
  28. 28. 27Stay Healthy**Stay at a healthy weight**Try to balance the calories you take in with thecalories you burn with yourphysical activities. As you age, eat fewer caloriesand increase your physicalactivity. This will prevent gradual weight gain overtime.
  29. 29. 28Stay Healthy**Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all**Current dietary guidelines for Americansrecommend that if you choose to drinkalcoholic beverages, you do not exceed 2 drinksper day for men (1 drink perday for women). Some people should not drinkalcoholic beverages at all,
  30. 30. 29Stay Healthy**Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all**including:-- Individuals who cannot restrict theirdrinking to moderate levels.-- Individuals who plan to drive, operatemachinery, or take part in other activities thatrequires attention, skill, or
  31. 31. 30Stay Healthy**Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all**coordination.-- Individuals taking prescription orover-the-counter medications that can interactwith alcohol.-- Individuals with specific medicalconditions.
  32. 32. 31Stay Healthy**Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all**-- Persons recovering from alcoholism.**Don’t smoke**For more information on quitting, visit QuitSmoking section .
  33. 33. 32Stay Healthy**Take aspirin to avoid a heart attack**If you are at risk for a heart attack (you’re over 45,smoke, or have diabetes,high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or a familyhistory of heart disease),check with your doctor and find out if takingaspirin is the right choice for
  34. 34. 33Stay Healthy**Take aspirin to avoid a heart attack**you.
  35. 35. 34VaccinesYou may need one or more vaccines, even ifyou received vaccines as a child or as a youngeradult. Ask your doctor whichones are right for you. Vaccines recommended forolder adults can prevent:
  36. 36. 35VaccinesInfluenza(Flu)Shingles(Herpes Zoster)Diphtheria/TetanusPertussis
  37. 37. 36Vaccines(Whooping Cough)Pneumococcal(Pneumonia)Want to learn more about the vaccines youneed? Use the Adult Immunization Scheduler toolto receive
  38. 38. 37Vaccinespersonalized vaccine recommendations based onyour age, occupation, healthstatus and other factors.See the Adult Immunization Schedule to see whichvaccines youmay need, and talk to your provider about gettingvaccinated. Don’t forget if
  39. 39. 38Vaccinesyou are traveling, you may need additionalvaccines. See the travelers’health page.

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