Men: Take Charge of Your Health

The Basics

Most men need to pay more attention to their health. Compared to women, men are more likely to:

    • Smoke


    • Make unhealthy or risky choices


    • Put off regular checkups and medical care


The good news is that you can start taking better care of your health today.

Do you know what it takes to stay healthy? Take this men’s health quiz to find out.

It’s not too late to start healthier habits.

Make eating healthy and getting active part of your daily routine. A healthy diet and regular physical activity can help lower your:

    • Blood pressure


    • Blood sugar


    • Cholesterol (“koh-LEHS-tuh-rahl”)


    • Weight


By keeping these numbers down, you can lower your risk of serious health problems like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

You can also help prevent health problems by:

    • Say NO to alcohol


    • Quitting smoking


Get medical care to help you stay healthy.

See a doctor for regular checkups even if you feel fine. This is important because some diseases don’t have symptoms at first.

Plus, seeing a doctor will give you a chance to learn more about your health.

You can also take care of your health by:

    • Getting screening tests that are right for you


    • Making sure you are up to date on important shots


    • Watching out for signs of health problems like diabetes ordepression


Take Action!

Use these tips to take charge of your health.

Make small changes every day.
Small changes can add up to big results – like lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes or heart disease.

    • Take a walk instead of having a cigarette.


    • Try a green salad instead of fries.


    • Drink water instead of soda or juice.


    • Follow these tips for eating less salt.


Find more quick tips to keep yourself healthy.

Talk about it.

Don’t be embarrassed to talk about your health. Start by talking to family members to find out which diseases run in your family. Use this family health history tool to keep track of what you learn. Share this information with your doctor.

Get screening tests to find diseases early.

Screenings are medical tests that doctors use to check for diseases before there are any symptoms. Screenings help find diseases early, when they may be easier to treat.

    • Get your blood pressure checked at least once every 2 years.


    • Talk to your doctor about getting your cholesterol checked. Doctors recommend that most men get their cholesterol checked at least once every 5 years.


    • Get tested for colorectal cancer if you are age 50 or older. You may need to get tested earlier if colorectal cancer runs in your family. Ask your doctor what type of screening test is right for you.


    • If you age 65 to 75 and have ever smoked, talk with your doctor about your risk for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).


    • If you feel stressed, anxious, or depressed for more than 2 weeks,talk to a doctor about screening for depression. Most people with depression feel better when they get treatment.


Talk to your doctor if you have questions about prostate cancer.

The prostate is a small sex gland that makes fluid to carry sperm. It’s located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Only males have a prostate.

    • See a diagram of where the prostate is located.


    • Get information about prostate cancer.


    • Use these questions to ask your doctor about prostate cancer screening.


Ask your doctor about taking aspirin every day.

If you are age 45 or older, taking aspirin every day could lower your risk of heart attack. Talk with your doctor about whether daily aspirin is right for you.