4 symptoms in men over the age of 40 need to be checked now

MANY of us have focused on our health and well-being this year after the coronavirus pandemic.

For some, going to the GP has been scary, and many have avoided it, but one expert has said you need to stay up to date on some health checkups.

One expert has said that men over the age of 40 have to undergo several health checks

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One expert has said that men over the age of 40 have to undergo several health checksCredit: Getty

Pharmacy2U pharmacy staff Sumaiya Patel said there are certain conditions that require men over the age of 40 to check in.

He explained: “There is no problem with a healthy man going to the doctor for examinations, screening tests and preventative health consultations, but men tend to wait for symptoms to appear before they see a GP.

“Preventive health screening can detect dangerous cancers and diseases early enough to save lives.

“Health fears usually occur as we age, so it’s important that men over the age of 40 stop postponing health checks.”

1. High blood pressure

It is rare for you to have symptoms of high blood pressure, but if it is not detected, it can cause problems such as heart attacks or strokes.

Sumaiya said that is why it is important that you get regular blood pressure and cholesterol measurements.

He explained: “Cholesterol is a type of fat that travels in the body with the blood. High cholesterol levels can build up in the arteries and increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

“Levels can be checked with a simple blood test. It’s important to check your cholesterol and blood pressure regularly at age 40 so you can change your lifestyle if necessary to take care of your health.”

2. Bad mood

Many people experience a bad mood at times, it’s just part of being human.

But if your mood is hard to control and you have trouble, you need to keep an eye on this, Sumaiya said.

He added: “Mental health problems are often the most difficult to detect and seek help from.

“If you notice changes in behavior, feel the feelings of extreme sadness and exhaustion, don’t try to control it. These can be the first signs of depression and it’s important to recognize that these feelings are treatable.

“Talk to someone you trust, a local support group, or a GP who can advise on whether medication is needed or a combination of both.”

3. Pee more often

More often, urination is one of the most important symptoms of prostate cancer, the most diagnosed cancer of all men.

Other key symptoms include the need to rush to the toilet in the middle of the night and difficulty urinating.

Sumaiya said: “PSA blood tests as well as rectal examination are used to diagnose prostate cancer.

“All men over the age of 50 are eligible for the PSA test, but it’s usually only given to those with symptoms, and then only in conjunction with a rectal examination.”

4. Enlarged testicles

Enlarged testicles are one of the main symptoms of testicular cancer.

Other major symptoms include dull pain in the groin or abdomen or a sudden build-up of fluid in the scrotum.

Sumaiya explained: “Although testicular cancer is usually associated with men under the age of 35, men over the age of 40 are still at risk and should check themselves regularly for nodules.

“If you notice pea-sized hard nodules in your testicles or dull pain and strain on your groin, make time for your GP, as testicular cancer is one of the easiest cures to cure if detected early.”

One of the best ways to make sure you’re in good shape is to go to an NHS health check-up, Sumaiya said.

These checks can tell if you are at higher risk for certain health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and stroke. It also gives advice on reducing risks.

He added: “You will be invited to a free NHS health check every five years if you are aged 40-74 and do not yet have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease or high blood pressure.

“If you have not yet contacted the health check-up, contact your GP.”

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