Men’s health. The risks to look out for at every age

Checking in on our health is so important. So many of the common conditions which go on to be serious and debilitating, if caught early, are easily managed through diet or lifestyle changes. And being aware of the different risks at every age can help you know what to be on the lookout for. 

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When it comes to our health and wellbeing, knowledge is power. Not all conditions start with noticeable symptoms. Some health risks can lay dormant for a long time and other conditions can be tricky to spot, which is why it’s important to understand your risk factors, and how they relate to your age.


Each decade of your life brings changes to your health and how you should look after yourself. We can be more prone to certain illnesses and diseases as we get older, and there are preventative actions we can take at different stages to help reduce some of those risks. 


Here’s what to watch out for …

… In your 20s


Men may not have many age-based issues to worry about in their 20s, but that doesn’t mean they should be complacent. That feeling of invincibility can cause bad habits to form, leading to more serious health problems later down the line.


In particular, it’s important to watch out for:


Not getting checked. 

It’s often the case that men put off seeing their doctor until they have problems. We don’t tend to factor in regular check-ups, instead opting for advice once symptoms appear. But it’s important to get into the habit of attending routine check-ups, which can detect health conditions before they develop, and give you a much better chance of catching and treating them early.


Drinking. 

Your twenties are the age when you’re most likely to binge drink regularly. While you might bounce back from those hangovers relatively unscathed, damage is still being done. Excessive alcohol consumption can trigger heart disease later in life so it’s important to drink in moderation.


Bad diet. 

In your twenties, you tend to benefit from a high metabolism, which goes a long way to counteract the impact of a bad diet. But this only stores up problems for later. If you’re not eating a balanced diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables, you’re likely to experience problems when you hit your 30s.


… In your 30s and 40s


The 30s and 40s are an age when men need to pay special attention to preventative care, particularly around heart health. The habits that form in these years can increase the risk of heart disease in the 40s and 50s. It’s especially important to keep an eye on:


Blood Pressure. 

It’s recommended that men have their blood pressure screened every three to five years until age 40, when they should have it checked every year. Many men don’t know they have an issues as high blood pressure is symptomless, so it’s important to get checked as uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke or heart failure.


Cholesterol. 

Men over age 35 should have their cholesterol checked every five years as cholesterol levels are closely related to risk of heart disease.


Stress: 

Career and life related stress can be high in your 30s and 40s as pressures and responsibilities increase. Stress can lead to a host of problems, including increased risk of developing high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease so it’s vital to try and manage stress as much as possible.  


… In your 50s and beyond


As you reach your 50s, it’s time to pay attention to the risk of different types of cancers. Lifestyle factors and family health history play a big part in this so it’s a good idea to get checked out. 


Prostate. 

From 50, men should start to be screened for prostate cancer. Almost half of men aged 50 – 60 experience an enlarged prostate, which is considered the most common health problem among men of this age.


Colon Cancer. 

More than 90% of colon cancers occur in people over age 50. Thankfully, if caught early, colon cancer it is treatable, but it’s incredibly important to keep on top of check-ups and to be aware of any warning signs and symptoms.


Heart Health

Keeping an eye on your heart health remains a priority in your 50s and beyond. Poor diet, stress, and lack of exercise in younger years can turn into heart issues at this age, so men should assess their risk level with their doctor to determine frequency of screenings for things like cholesterol, blood pressure, and general cardiovascular health.

"With GP waiting times increasing in many practices, and appointments for non-urgent care more difficult to access, private blood testing is becoming a common alternative for many people looking to take control of their health.”

Knowledge is power


Checking in on our health is so important. So many of the common conditions which go on to be serious and debilitating, if caught early, are easily managed through diet or lifestyle changes. And being aware of the different risks at every age can help you know what to be on the lookout for.


With GP waiting times increasing in many practices, and appointments for non-urgent care more difficult to access, private blood testing is becoming a common alternative for many people looking to take control of their health.


Our comprehensive Wellman test is a great option for those looking for a broad snapshot of their overall health, as it tests the blood for a number of key health indicators, deficiencies, and disease markers, removing a lot of guess work and flagging any potential problems.


The test looks at:

  • red and white blood cell quality
  • thyroid function
  • kidney and liver function
  • diabetes markers
  • essential elements and vitamins
  • autoantibodies
  • expansive cardiac risk factor analysis

How your appointment works


We partner with Spire Healthcare to offer a professional phlebotomy service. This guarantees that your blood samples are taken and handled correctly and that your results are processed efficiently by clinical professionals. Our confidential blood tests are available at over thirty private clinics around the UK.


Unlike home testing healthcare kits, where you take the sample yourself, our trained professionals reduce the likelihood of errors such as collecting an insufficient amount of blood or accidental contamination, which could delay your test results.


At your appointment, the friendly team will talk to you about your test, collect your blood sample and send it off for testing at an accredited partner laboratory. All you need to do is arrive for your appointment. We’ll take care of the test, and the rest.

Clear, accurate results


The time it takes to receive your results will depend on the type of test you have chosen. When they are ready, your results will be sent directly to you, via email, within the time specified. If you would prefer to receive a paper copy of your results through the post, that can be arranged for you.


You can also choose the option of reported or unreported results. Reported results include information and comment from our GP which you may find helpful to discuss with your own consultant, or for your records.


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