Men ages 18-35

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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 18-35

  1. 1. http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=611Fitango EducationHealth TopicsMen ages 18-35
  2. 2. 1OverviewWhen you get a preventive medical test, youre notjust doing it for yourself. Youre doing it for yourfamily and loved ones:Men are 24 percent less likely than women to havevisited a doctor within the past year and are 22percent more likely to have neglected theircholesterol tests.
  3. 3. 2OverviewMen are 28 percent more likely than women to behospitalized for congestive heart failure.Men are 32 percent more likely than women to behospitalized for long-term complications ofdiabetes and are more than twice as likely thanwomen to have a leg or foot amputated due tocomplications related to diabetes.
  4. 4. 3OverviewMen are 24 percent more likely than women to behospitalized for pneumonia that could have beenprevented by getting an immunization.The single most important way you can take careof yourself and those you love is to actively takepart in your health care. Educate yourself onhealth care and participate in decisions with yourdoctor. This site will help you get started.
  5. 5. 4Medical TestsScreening tests can find diseases early, whenthey’re easiest to treat. Talk to your doctor aboutwhich preventive medical tests you need to stayhealthy.
  6. 6. 5Medical Tests**Body Mass IndexYour body mass index, or BMI, is a measure of yourbody fat based on your height and weight. It isused to screen for obesity. You can find your BMIby visitinghttp://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi.
  7. 7. 6Medical Tests** CholesterolOnce you turn 35 (or once you turn 20 if you haverisk factors like diabetes, history of heart disease,tobacco use, high blood pressure, or BMI of 30 orover), have your cholesterol checked regularly.High blood cholesterol is one of the major riskfactors for heart disease.
  8. 8. 7Medical Tests** Blood PressureHave your blood pressure checked every 2 years.High blood pressure increases your chance ofgetting heart or kidney disease and for having astroke. If you have high blood pressure, you mayneed medication to control it.
  9. 9. 8Medical Tests** Cardiovascular DiseaseBeginning at age 45 and through age 79, ask yourdoctor if you should take aspirin every day to helplower your risk of a heart attack. How much aspirinyou should take depends on your age, your health,and your lifestyle.
  10. 10. 9Medical Tests**Colorectal CancerBeginning at age 50 and through age 75, get testedfor colorectal cancer. You and your doctor candecide which test is best. How often youll havethe test depends on which test you choose. If youhave a family history of colorectal cancer, you mayneed to be tested before you turn 50.
  11. 11. 10Medical Tests** Other CancersAsk your doctor if you should be tested forprostate, lung, oral, skin, or other cancers.
  12. 12. 11Medical Tests** Sexually Transmitted DiseasesTalk to your doctor to see whether you should betested for gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, or othersexually transmitted diseases.**HIV**Your doctor may recommend screening for HIV ifyou:
  13. 13. 12Medical Tests** Sexually Transmitted DiseasesHave sex with men.Had unprotected sex with multiple partners.Have used injected drugs.Pay for sex or have sex partners who do.Have past or current sex partners who are infectedwith HIV.
  14. 14. 13Medical Tests** Sexually Transmitted DiseasesAre being treated for sexually transmitted diseases.Had a blood transfusion between 1978 and 1985.
  15. 15. 14Medical Tests** DepressionIf you have felt "down" or hopeless during the past2 weeks or you have had little interest in doingthings you usually enjoy, talk to your doctor aboutdepression. Depression is a treatable illness.
  16. 16. 15Medical Tests** Abdominal Aortic AneurysmIf you are between the ages of 65 and 75 and havesmoked 100 or more cigarettes in your lifetime, askyour doctor to screen you for an abdominal aorticaneurysm. This is an abnormally large or swollenblood vessel in your stomach that can burstwithout warning.
  17. 17. 16Medical Tests** Diabetes **If your blood pressure is higher than 135/80, askyour doctor to test you for diabetes. Diabetes, orhigh blood sugar, can cause problems with yourheart, eyes, feet, kidneys, nerves, and other bodyparts.
  18. 18. 17Medical Tests** Tobacco Use **If you smoke or use tobacco, talk to your doctorabout quitting. For tips on how to quit, goto http://www.smokefree.gov or call the NationalQuitline at 1-800-QUITNOW.
  19. 19. 18VaccineMost vaccines are given early in childhood, butcollege students and young adults need certainimmunizations, too. These vaccines are specificallyrecommended for young adults ages 19-24:-- Meningococcal conjugate vaccine protectsagainst bacterial meningitis and may be requiredfor some college freshmen or other students livingin dorm.
  20. 20. 19Vaccine-- Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus,diphtheria, and pertussis, or whooping cough.-- HPV vaccine protects against the humanpapillomavirus (HPV), which causes most cases ofcervical and anal cancers, as well as genital warts.-- Seasonal flu vaccine.
  21. 21. 20Vaccine-- If you are leaving the country to study abroad orgo on school break, you may need certain vaccinesbefore you travel – find out which vaccines youmay need before you leaveFind out which vaccines you may need by takingthis quizLearn what vaccines your state college oruniversity may require
  22. 22. 21VaccineIf you are entering or enlisting in the ArmedServices, you may be required to receive certainvaccines. Read more about vaccines for servicemembers.
  23. 23. 22Stay HealthyYou can make healthy choices every day.
  24. 24. 23Stay Healthy** Be physically active**Walking briskly, mowing the lawn, playing teamsports, and biking are just a few examples of howyou can get moving. If you are not alreadyphysically active, start small and work up to 30minutes a day of moderate physical activity formost days of the week.
  25. 25. 24Stay Healthy** Eat a healthy diet. **Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free orlow-fat dairy products are healthy choices. Leanmeats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts aregood, too. Try to eat foods that are low insaturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, andadded sugars.
  26. 26. 25Stay Healthy** Stay at a healthy weight**Try to balance the calories you take in with thecalories you burn with your physical activities. Asyou age, eat fewer calories and increase yourphysical activity. This will prevent gradual weightgain over time.
  27. 27. 26Stay Healthy** Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all**Current dietary guidelines for Americansrecommend that if you choose to drink alcoholicbeverages, you do not exceed 2 drinks per day formen (1 drink per day for women). Some peopleshould not drink alcoholic beverages at all,including
  28. 28. 27Stay Healthy** Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all**Individuals who cannot restrict their drinking tomoderate levels.Individuals who plan to drive, operate machinery,or take part in other activities that requiresattention, skill, or coordination.Individuals taking prescription or over-the-countermedications that can interact with alcohol.
  29. 29. 28Stay Healthy** Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all**Individuals with specific medical conditions.Persons recovering from alcoholism.
  30. 30. 29Stay Healthy** Don’t smoke**For more information on quitting, visit QuitSmoking section .
  31. 31. 30Stay 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, highcholesterol, or a family history of heart disease),check with your doctor and find out if takingaspirin is the right choice for you.

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