Men's Health: KNOW Your Risks
Knowledge is Power. The more you know about your health, the better the decisions you can make.
Ignorance may be bliss, but not when it comes to your health. Your doctor—and the medical community—keep telling us to get screened for certain diseases and conditions. The goal is to help you live a longer, healthier, more productive life.
Truth be told
We're not invincible. The fact is, many conditions can lie dormant for years without symptoms. Screening can help you identify health issues before they become a serious problem.
Reduce the risk of heart disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death. However, you can dramatically reduce your risk by talking to your doctor to formulate a plan and taking these 5 steps:
- Check your cholesterol. Men over 20 should get checked at least every 5 years. If you're over 50 or have risk factors, you should do it more often. Learn why you should get tested for heart disease.
- Monitor your blood pressure. You can do it in the doctor's office, and even in some drug stores. High blood pressure can be easily controlled with medication and lifestyle changes.
- Manage diabetes. If you have it, or have risk factors, you should monitor your blood sugar levels. This is a common blood test. Ask your doctor if you're at risk.
- Stay active! Everyone—at every age—should get at least 2½ hours of moderate exercise every week. Take a brisk walk, ride a bike, or join a class and meet new people. Get in the habit now.
- Follow your treatment plan. If you take medications, follow your doctor's instructions. If you don't understand something, ask. Keep taking your medications according to your doctor’s instructions, even if you start feeling better.
Check your Cardio IQ®
Only 50% of heart disease is linked to high cholesterol. Quest's Cardio IQ testing provides more comprehensive answers that empower you and your doctor to know how to protect or improve your heart's health. Ask your doctor if one of our Cardio IQ tests is right for you.
The tests you can't fail
Cancer screening can be easier than you think, and part of a regular checkup. Men are especially at risk for lung, colorectal, and prostate cancers. An annual InSure® fecal immunochemical test (FIT) from Quest can detect colorectal cancer two years earlier than a colonoscopy alone. Quest also offers ColoVantage®, a blood test that aids in the detection of colorectal cancer.
Hepatitis C testing: Quest's innovative Hepatitis C test identifies the type of Hep C virus so your doctor knows the best way to treat it. The CDC calls Hep C “an unrecognized health crisis in the United States,” and says that one-time testing could prevent more than 120,000 deaths.
Sexually transmitted infections (STI): If you're sexually active you should get tested. Many people are infected and don't know it because often there are no symptoms. Untreated, STIs can cause serious health problems. Quest offers simple laboratory tests for:
- Hepatitis B and C