Image by: Jackie Anderson
By: Ken Lucas
If your body were a car would you rather it be an old, ramshackle station wagon or a top of the line Lamborghini Gallardo? And before you make the argument that your body is in fact not a car, I’m here to tell you that yes—your body is in fact a car (in a metaphorical sense).
It may not look like a car, smell like a car, or sound like a car (At least I hope not), but it does function like one. Before you get too excited please allow me to clarify that you are most likely unable to be driven at high speeds on an expressway.
When I say the body functions similar to a car, that doesn’t necessarily mean performance wise but rather mechanically. Think about it: a car consistently needs gasoline just like we need water and just like cars the human body requires periodical maintenance to stay up and running in tip top shape. We may not need tune ups, break pads, or motor oil, but we do need physical examinations, shots, and perhaps even medications.
We are machines in need of maintenance! If you don’t believe me then keep reading…
While in this particular age bracket you may feel like an invincible spring chicken who is in tip top shape and doesn’t need the help of a stranger to tell you whats wrong. Yea, I know how it is, especially considering the fact that I myself am in my early 20’s and haven’t been to the doctor since my freshman year physical examination.
Although, I haven’t been in a while, upon digging up research I realized that my streak of ten plus years in avoidance of gloved hands may come to an abrupt end.
The bottom line is regardless of how healthy you may feel, it is important to establish a doctor who you visit regularly. Better safe than sorry as the saying goes. And the act of getting a medical screening now can benefit you well into in the future, by showing signs and helping prevent genetic disease.
The particularly important screenings you should get checked for are blood pressure (every two years), cholesterol and heart disease screenings, annual dental and eye exams, and also diabetes screening. Yea I know it sounds like a pain, but if you don’t want to end up feeble by the age of 50, I suggest you look into some health insurance.
So the days of indulging in constant fun are over and you now find yourself with a wife, a family, and a full-time job, huh… You are now the busiest guy on earth aren’t you? Regular trips to the doctor probably sound about as inconvenient as that family reunion you’ve been trying to avoid. But something people in their forties and fifties need to understand is that while you may not yet be a disabled senior citizen, you’re right around the corner.
No I’m not trying to stress you out about you’re impending leap into old age. I’m just trying to scare you into making a trip to the doctor, so you can ensure that you’re golden years are a little less painful than they have to be.
Yes, this means you have to put aside all your pride as a man and schedule that prostate exam. Of course the idea of another man’s finger being inserted into your anus may sound unpleasant, but with all the elaborate procedures women have to go through with their gynecologists, I’d say we have no room for complaint.
Other than that long avoided prostate exam, other screenings you should add to your bucket list include: Colonoscopy (every 10 years), Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Blood pressure, Lung cancer, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, and of course anything else Dr. Schwartz may suggest.
Age 65 and older
They call the years of senior citizenship the golden years for good reason. You may be old, and not as strong as you once were, but life becomes much simpler. Instead of worrying about the daily stresses of work, relationships, and finding your identity, you are most likely sitting back in your rocking chair watching all your grandchildren endure all the stresses of youth.
With that being said, there are complications that arise with growing elderly. Out of all the possible things that can go wrong with the human body, the likelihood of something actually breaking down only increase (hence the car metaphor).
With that being said, senior citizens who visit the doctor regularly are proven to have a greater overall health and life expectancy. How often a senior should visit the doctor really depends entirely on their overall health and the number of medications they are taking.
Which means that someone with a disease like lung cancer, or diabetes will obviously have a stronger relationship with their doctor than a person who has read this article and prepared themselves ahead of time. So thank me ahead of time for any years I may have saved you!
Although I’m pretty sure a licensed physician could have been far more informative…
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