Friend, you are in the body of a king. Young men (as well as the young women they seek) have time and, almost all, health on their side. But do not drink another beer or attack another fast food restaurant at the moment; is really now when you must have control of your health to not face the 40 years with a tire around your waist and a lot of bottles of pills in the bathroom.
Although you probably do not need regular annual exams, it is not a bad idea to seek a doctor of your choice and start with at least one complete check-up, including height, weight and blood pressure. A good intern will also listen to your heart, your lungs and the carotid arteries, to rule out the existence of any abnormality; will make a general review of your skin in search of suspicious moles; will watch your mouth, your ears and your eyes, and will check your lymph nodes and your abdomen to detect if you have any bulge or protrusion.
Be sure to talk about different aspects of your lifestyle, such as smoking, physical exercise and weight, honestly and openly, as pointed out by Dr. David K. Spindell, internal doctor and vice Chairman of the Department of Medical Affairs at Abbott Diagnostics. It also mentions any illness or condition that is in your family so that the professional has a realistic view of your medical history. To have everything clear and organized, here is what you have to do:
What? You never touched them before? Jokes aside, you need to know how they normally feel and now is a good time. You may be surprised to find out that the risk of testicular cancer actually peaks at 20 years old, according to Dr. Gary Rogg, an intern at Monterfiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.
"It's wise to do a self-exam monthly," says Rogg, but talk to your doctor first to get an idea of what you're looking for. "Most men do not know it, which can lead to a lot of anxiety and an unnecessary analysis, "adds Dr. Spindell.
You probably need some puncture in your arm (or buttock) this decade, in part because some of your childhood immunity shots have expired, and partly to make them fit your style of lifetime. Put on a tetanus booster and request a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) vaccine that also includes a diphtheria vaccine. "If you travel, give yourself the hepatitis A vaccine and, if it was not given when you were little, You will also need Hepatitis B, "says Dr. Spindell. Finally, if you are still in college or in military service make sure you are vaccinated against meningitis.
Analysis of STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease), including HIV
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone get an HIV test at least once, but you should definitely do this test if You have had unprotected sex with many couples, if you have had sex with men, if you have injected drugs or just to be safe. In general with the SDT, men have a slight advantage over women (if you can call it that) because if you contract an SDT as gonorrhea, the symptoms give it away, so the treatment, without too much analysis, is the name of the game.