We understand that nobody likes going for doctor’s appointments, and we hope no one has to.However, visiting a doctor for an annual health check-up is an important decision, which you need to make for leading a healthy life.

There can be multiple instances where you might make excuses when it comes to consulting a doctor for something as serious as an injury, let alone going for regular preventive health screenings. It’s important for you to know that there are certain diseases, which tend to afflict men more than women due to varying lifestyle choices.

The following health check-ups can help in detecting these issues early, allowing you to manage your health more effectively:

1. Cholesterol Screening – For Heart Issues

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance, which is found in every cell of your body. Keeping a check on your cholesterol levels is crucial since higher levels of cholesterol can increase the risk of heart disease or stroke. Unhealthy eating habits, lack of physical activity, smoking, and certain genetic factors are some lifestyle habits that can lower your good cholesterol levels or increase the levels of bad cholesterol.

2. Colonoscopy – For Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is a type of cancer that develops in the colon (also known as the large intestine) or rectum. A colonoscopy exam can help detect changes or abnormalities in the large intestine and rectum.

Generally, a colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years starting from the age of 45 because people older than the said age are at a higher risk of colorectal cancer. This screening can not only detect cancer but also prevent it if precancerous cells are identified and removed.

3. Risk Assessment Test – For Diabetes

Diabetes is a medical condition that develops when the levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, increase due to the inability of your body to break down sugar. Excessive levels of sugar can cause many health complications.

A diabetes screening is recommended every 3 years if you are 50 years old or above. At Aspira Pathlab, we have a dedicated health check-up package for diabetes: Aspira Diabetes Nityam that can help you keep a check on your blood sugar levels.

4. Blood Pressure Measurement – For High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is a long-term medical condition in which your blood pressure increases to unhealthy levels. It can lead to many other health problems like heart disease or stroke, if left untreated.

Hypertension is tested using BP monitors, which make it quick and painless. You should get your blood pressure levels checked regularly or as often as your doctor recommends.

5. Digital Rectal Exam/PSA Screening – For Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer develops in the prostate gland and is one of the most common cancers in men. If prostate cancer spreads to nearby organs and tissues, it can lead to major damage.

Digital Rectal Examination (DRE) is a screening test for prostate cancer carried out either alone or in combination with a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test. Your prostate health can be evaluated through a physical exam and/or a simple blood test as well.

6. HIV Screening – For HIV

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) causes AIDS and attacks the immune system. This makes it difficult for your body to fight infections or diseases. Diagnosis at an early stage can help prevent the spread of this virus.

HIV Screening is a test, also called immunoassay, which detects HIV antibodies and antigens in the blood. In case left untreated, it can lead to a serious disease: AIDS.

7. Routine Screenings – For STDs/STIs

If you are sexually active you must consider getting a routine check-up for sexually transmitted diseases or infections. Depending on specific STDs, infections may also be transmitted through sharing needles and breastfeeding.

Most STDs or STIs are treatable, however, it is better to detect them at an early stage so as to prevent them from worsening or spreading to a partner.

You must also get a CBC blood test done every 2 years if you are above 35 years of age. A CBC blood test cost in Mumbai could range from Rs. 200 to Rs. 1,000. It can reveal the early signs of various disorders such as anaemia.

By making a decision to get these important blood tests and health screenings, you can take control of your health. Always remember, prevention is better than cure.

With our online facilities, you can conveniently browse through various health check-up packages and even book a lab test online. From Aspira Infertility Profile for male to Aspira Cancer Screen for male, we provide a wide range of diagnostic services at affordable prices.