Preventive care is equally important for both genders, but for some reason men are more likely to put off routine checkups and delay seeing a doctor when they experience symptoms of a health problem. Many working-aged men don’t even have a regular family doctor. Most health conditions or diseases that men face can be prevented or treated if found early, so annual physical exams are vital for your overall health. It’s also important to get any screenings your doctor recommends based on your age and lifestyle factors.Even if you are man in your 20’s and feel fine, seeing a doctor once a year for a checkup can make sure your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels are within a normal range. Even though you may be in great shape, it’s still important to fuel your body with healthy foods, limit your consumption of soda and alcohol, and avoid using tobacco products (or quit if you currently use them). If you exercise regularly, keep it up!In your 30’s and 40’s, all of the same rules apply – although you may need to make some changes to your diet if you start noticing a little extra weight around the middle. With the extra pounds comes an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, so it’s important to maintain a healthy weight. Once you turn 50, you will start getting screened for prostate cancer and colorectal cancer, both of which can be prevented or treated more effectively if found early.No matter what your age, it’s time to start taking control of your health – Happy Men’s Health Month!