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Men should see a doctor at least once a year for a physical exam. Keeping track of changes in one's health and body is the best way to detect problems early, before they become serious.
There are a few important numbers which are checked during a physical.
What numbers should men always know?
- PSA level: Prostate-specific antigen is a substance produced by the prostate. High PSA levels may indicate prostate cancer, an enlarged prostate, an infection (prostatitis), or another issue or condition.
- Cholesterol: High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, two of the top five leading causes of death for men in the United States.
- Weight: Being overweight or obese can cause or contribute to a host of medical problems, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, joint problems and osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and gallstones.
- Liver Enzyme Levels: Checked as part of a routine blood test, the presence of elevated numbers of certain liver enzymes can be an early indicator of liver damage or disease.
Leslie Schlachter, RPA-Director or Men's Health Center, shares the four numbers that men should always be aware of.