Photo by Dr. Eleazar Flores
Few people actually look forward to going to the doctor for a checkup—that’s especially the case for most men. But taking time to get an overall health assessment with a doctor each year is very important and could even be a life-saving appointment.
Dr. Eleazar Flores, a physician with the Houston Methodist Primary Care Group at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, says if you’re a man—or a woman who is concerned about the health of your husband, father, grandfather, son or other male loved one—you should be aware of these recommended checkups, screenings and immunizations for men.
“Keep in mind that these are general guidelines and you should check with your doctor for a schedule that’s right for you,” Flores said.
Physical exam – A once-a-year exam by a primary care doctor may include an assessment of height, weight, blood pressure, skin cancer risk, eating and exercise habits, and emotional well-being.
“The doctor will ask about your family health history and answer any questions you have about sleep or snoring, sexual health, or other health concerns,” Flores said.
Flores recommends having a one-time screen for hepatitis C performed for those at highest risk for the viral infection—anyone born between 1945 and 1965, people with HIV and long-term kidney dialysis patients.
A one-time HIV test is recommended for persons ages 13-64, or annually for those with risk factors.
Immunizations – Men should get a flu shot every year and a tetanus-diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) or tetanus-diphtheria (Td) booster every 10 years. Your doctor may recommend other vaccines depending on age and health history.
Eye exam – If you have problems with vision, schedule an eye exam every two years.
Dental exam – Don’t forget to visit the dentist every year for an exam and cleaning.
Hearing test – “Your doctor may screen for hearing loss,” Flores said, “and suggest ways to protect the hearing you have as well as recommend hearing-aid devices if needed.”
If you’re a guy who seldom gets sick and hasn’t set foot in a doctor’s office for a few years, it’s probably time for a checkup. A primary care doctor at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital can team up with you to take care of your health now and going forward. To schedule an appointment, call 832-556-6936, or visit houstonmethodist.org/pcg.
About Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital
Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital has provided Baytown and East Houston with quality medical care since opening its doors in 1948. The hospital has grown throughout the years with the community, providing comprehensive care at all stages of life. As a health care leader, the hospital is proud to have a fully integrated residency program focused on educating and inspiring future practitioners. Today, Houston Methodist San Jacinto provides some of the most advanced and innovative procedures while never losing focus on compassionate and patient-centered care. Houstonmethodist.org/sanjacinto.