More than 80 percent of men easily remember the make and model of their first car, yet only about half recall the last time they went to the doctor for a checkup, according to a 2015 survey from Orlando Health, a nonprofit health care network in Florida.
Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, a urologist with Orlando Health and co-founder of the Drive for Men’s Health campaign, wants guys to take more ownership over their own well-being, which includes getting regular checkups. Doing so, he insists, can help detect heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other serious conditions before it’s too late.
“View routine doctors’ visits like how you get checkups on your car based on mileage,” Brahmbhatt says. “I generally suggest seeing your physician once a year starting at age 20, although your past health history, family health history, occupation, smoking, drinking, and age must be taken into account.” These factors will influence the frequency of your visits and which tests you need when. But in general, here’s what you should focus on during each stage of life.