Health Screening for Men
Health screening is an essential part of managing your health.
Health screenings are designed to identify health problems at an early stage and allow you to initiate simple easy steps to prevent more severe diseases in the future. Currently there are numerous health screening packages available ranging from a few hundred to many thousands of dollars. This article will tell you what you need and when.
Obesity. Start testing from young.
Obesity is the great silent killer in men. Men tend to store fat around the middle giving us a ‘beer belly’. In medical terms this is known as Central Obesity. Central Obesity increases your risk of Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease and Strokes. To identify Obesity just calculate your BMI with this simple formula (Weight in KG/Height in Meters2). If your BMI is more than 23 (for Asians) or more than 25 (for Caucasians) then you are obese. Talk to our Doctors about a healthy and sustainable to lose the extra weight.
High Cholesterol. Start testing from 35 years old.
Start testing earlier is you have Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease in your Family or if you smoke.
Being skinny does not mean your Cholesterol level is normal. Cholesterol level depends on many factors but diet and genes play a big role. High Cholesterol levels will increase your risk of heart disease and strokes. See your Doctor for a blood test to check your Cholesterol level. Speak to our Doctors about low Cholesterol diets.
High Blood Pressure. Start testing from young.
High Blood Pressure commonly shows no symptoms. Yet it gradually damages the blood vessels eventually leading to kidney failure, strokes or heart attacks. See our Doctors to have your blood pressure taken. Home automated blood pressure machines are also useful. See our Doctors if your home blood pressure is more than 135/85.
Lowering your salt intake can help reduce your blood pressure. Click here to learn more about a Low Salt Diet.
Colorectal Cancer. Start testing at age 50.
Start testing at 40 if you have a family history of Colorectal Cancer.
Colorectal Cancer can be very easily managed if it is detected early. It is the most common Cancer in Singaporean men. There are 2 tests available to detect Colorectal Cancer. One is a test of your stool for hidden (occult) blood the other is a Colonoscope.
Diabetes. Test for Diabetes if you have High Blood Pressure or High Cholesterol.
Diabetes is detected through a simple blood test. If your test if abnormal your Doctor might need you to have another test which involves you having to drink a very sweet drink then having your blood taken (Glucose Tolerance Test). Aside from Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes can also be detected this way. Pre-Diabetes is a lot easier to manage than Diabetes and does not have any of the complications.
Click here to learn more about Pre-Diabetic Diets.
Depression. Start testing if you feel down for more than 2 weeks.
Emotional health is just as important as physical health. Many men do not screen for Depression as they may think it is not ‘macho’ to suffer from Depression. Depression can creep up on you. If you feel sad, hopeless and have no interest in doing anything you might be suffering from Depression. Speak to our Doctors before it takes over your life.
STDs and HIV can strike you yet show no symptoms. If left undetected and untreated they can lead to severe illnesses and even death. Furthermore, you can unknowingly pass it to your partner. Condoms reduce the risk of STDs and HIV but only abstinence is 100% safe. Speak to our Doctors about regular STD and HIV screening.Click here to see the full range of our HIV/STD Services
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. Start testing at 65 if you have ever smoked in your life.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm is an abnormal dilation of the main blood vessel in your abdomen. If undetected it can burst and cause a sudden collapse and death. Testing for this only requires a simple ultrasound of your abdomen. If picked up early it can be surgically repaired.
Testosterone. Start testing at 40 or if you have Symptoms of Low Testosterone.
Low Testosterone does not only lead to sexual problems. It is also associated with chronic medical problems like high blood pressure and diabetes. It also increases the risk of prostate cancer and osteoporosis.
Testing for Testosterone level only requires a simple blood test.
Note: Discuss your symptoms and specific family history with our doctors, you might require more tests than the ones discussed here.
Need more advice?
1.) Robertson Walk – Anonymous HIV Clinic (+65 6238 7810)
2.) Bencoolen Street (+65 6884 4119)
3.) Novena Medical Centre (+65 6397 2095)
4.) Scotts Medical Centre (+65 6694 2348)
5.) Somerset – Orchard Building (+65 6262 0762)
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About Dr. Tan
Dr. Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2001. His residency was in the two largest public hospitals in Singapore; Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.