Essential Health Screenings for Men at Various Life Stages

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Preventive Care for Men

It’s the perfect time to talk about preventive care for men because this month is Men’s Health Month. At Aylo Health, we believe healthy people can do amazing things, which is why we focus so much on preventive care like annual physical and health screenings. By staying on top of these screenings at various life stages, men can prevent and manage potential health issues before they become serious.  

We want our patients to feel confident in their health journey so here is a comprehensive guide to the crucial health screenings every man should consider doing throughout their life.  

20s and 30s: Building a Foundation for Long-Term Health 

Blood Pressure Screening 

One of the first preventive care measures for long term health is checking for high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Hypertension is often called the “silent killer” because it typically has no symptoms until it causes significant health problems.  

Men should begin checking their blood pressure annually in their 20s, because untreated high blood pressure can cause heart attacks, strokes, and other health issues. 

If you do have high blood pressure, don’t panic, your primary care provider will have a lot of recommendations to help you control and lower your blood pressure.  

Cholesterol Tests 

Cholesterol can seem scary but your body does need cholesterol to work properly, these tests ensure your levels are healthy. At 20, men should start having their cholesterol checked. How often you get your cholesterol checks depends on your provider and your cholesterol levels, so this could mean having the blood test done once a year or every five years.  

This simple blood test measures LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL (good cholesterol), and triglycerides. Early detection and management of high cholesterol are crucial for preventing cardiovascular diseases later in life. 

Mental Health Assessments 

Mental health is as important as physical health. Men in their 20s and 30s often face stress from work, relationships, and life transitions. Regular mental health assessments can help identify issues like depression and anxiety early. Don’t hesitate to talk to your primary care provider if you experience changes in mood, sleep, or behavior. 

40s: Heightened Vigilance for Common Health Issues 

Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Checks 

Continue regular blood pressure and cholesterol screenings as recommended in your 20s and 30s. These screenings remain critical as the risk of cardiovascular diseases increases with age. 

Diabetes Screening 

The risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases as you age, particularly if you have risk factors such as being overweight, having a sedentary lifestyle, or a family history of diabetes. Starting at age 45, men should have their blood glucose levels checked every three years to screen for diabetes and prediabetes.

This helps to treat the disease early enough to prevent any adverse health risks that come from uncontrolled diabetes.  

Prostate Exams 

We all know that Prostate Exams aren’t the most fun exam to think about, but a lot has changed about detection for prostate cancer. Prostate health becomes a significant concern in the 40s because as men age, their prostates can grow too.  

Men should discuss with their doctor when to start prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing. PSA is a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland. The PSA test measures the level of PSA in the blood and can help you and your primary care provider decide if more testing is needed or not.  

These tests help detect prostate cancer early, when it is most treatable. Your doctor can guide you on the appropriate timing based on your risk factors and family history.  

And don’t stress too much about it. Your primary care provider will help you with every step of this process.  

Mental Health Assessments 

Continue regular mental health assessments. Life changes and increased responsibilities during this stage can contribute to stress, anxiety, and depression. Early intervention and support are key to maintaining mental well-being. 

50s and Beyond: Vigilance and Comprehensive Screening 


A colonoscopy is a procedure that lets your health care provider check the inside of your entire colon, known as your large intestine. And though this is also a test that a lot of people dread, it’s not as bad as you think it is.  

It’s important to get this preventive measure done because colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in men, and as you age your risk for developing colorectal cancer goes up.  

The American Cancer Society recommends regular screening starting at 45, they suggest doing this preventive measure every 10 years to check for colon cancer and polyps. Depending on individual risk factors, such as family history or previous polyps, your doctor may recommend a different screening schedule.  

Prostate Exams 

Continue regular prostate screening as recommended by your healthcare provider. The risk of prostate cancer increases with age, making these screenings even more critical.  

Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, and Diabetes Checks 

Maintaining regular blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes screenings is essential in your 50s and beyond. Cardiovascular diseases remain a leading cause of death, and managing these risk factors is crucial for long-term health. 

Bone Density Test

Osteoporosis is not just a women’s issue; men are also at risk, particularly after age 50. A bone density test can help detect osteoporosis early, allowing for interventions to strengthen bones and prevent fractures.  

We take preventive care like this very seriously and so offer Bone Density Tests at all our imaging offices.

Mental Health Assessments 

Mental health concerns do not diminish with age. Regular mental health assessments continue to be vital. Older adults may face unique challenges such as retirement, loss of loved ones, or chronic health conditions that can impact mental health.  

At Aylo Health, we are dedicated to helping men achieve and maintain optimal health through all stages of life. Regular health screenings are a vital part of this journey. By staying vigilant and proactive, men can prevent many common health issues and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. Remember, healthy people can do amazing things.  

Schedule your screenings today and take control of your health.