According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention statistics, U.S. men on average live six years less than women and are at greater risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer and injuries. They are also less likely than women to have health insurance or seek preventive care.
While young men can sometimes get away with the wait-until-you-feel-ill approach to seeing a doctor, after age 30, you are at greater risk of a variety of diseases affecting men that have no or few symptoms in their early stages, when they are easier to treat.
Gary Furness, M.D., a family medicine physician with Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods in Santa Rosa, recommends that men in this age range see their doctor every three years.
“For my male patients, I typically order blood tests for cholesterol, fasting blood sugar, kidney and liver function, and a urinalysis,” he says. “This will give me broad picture of your general health. During the physical exam we also review family health history and, based on that, we may want to order certain early screening tests.”