The Man I Love Most Has Aged… What is Healthcare for Older Men like?

February 22, 2023

Recently, a wedding event went viral on the Internet, igniting discussions that were not about the extravagant wedding scene or the bride and groom, but about the heartwarming scene of the bride’s father, who was hidden behind a Doraemon costume. At his beloved daughter's wedding, the loving father dressed up as Doraemon, her favourite cartoon character, walked her down the aisle and helped her adjust her dress before quietly leaving the scene. This touched the hearts of many across the world. Although it was later revealed that this was a staged wedding show, it was based on a real-life event. As a child, the daughter almost got into a car accident but was saved by her father who shielded her without hesitation, and also sustained permanent scars from it. From a young age, we sometimes do not notice the acts of love from our fathers, but these silent heroes are willing to protect us and provide for us for a lifetime. For many of us, there will be one day where we realise that our fathers have truly started to age. Perhaps they no longer walk with the same spring in the step they used. Perhaps they have acquired beer bellies. White hairs start to spread across their heads, and they start experiencing more aches and pains. These serve as reminders to care for them, because after all, our parents' health is our greatest wealth. Therefore, physical exams are recommended as people age – such procedures can help assess the risk of certain illnesses, so that one can take preventive or therapeutic measures in advance. When it comes to male health exams, it's important to choose the right physical examination items for a more accurate and effective evaluation. The general rule of thumb is to follow the "1+X" principle, meaning "Basic Examination + specific examinations”. If you are under 40 years old, in good physical health, and don't have any family history of disease, you can opt for the "basic examination". This should include check-ups in some key areas, such as:  
  • BMI
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Lung cancer 
  • Eye conditions
  • Osteoporosis
  In addition to the basic medical examination, some men also require additional physical examinations, according to their age groups.   20-30 years old: Health screenings are recommended, especially if one has a family history of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. 40 years old: The primary conditions screened at this age are heart disease, diabetes and lung cancer. These are generally related to factors such as lack of exercise, poor diet and weight gain. 50 years old: As individuals reach the age of 50, it becomes increasingly important to be vigilant about their health, as the risk of colorectal, prostate, and ocular age-related diseases increases. Regular check-ups with a physician can help detect and address any symptoms or concerns in a timely manner. Additionally, it is recommended to keep an eye on the risk of osteoporosis. 60 years old: By undergoing annual physical check-ups and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, one can decrease the likelihood of experiencing dementia and depression in old age. It is recommended for smokers to undergo ultrasound testing for the detection of the abdominal aorta, as well as have discussions with their healthcare provider about obtaining vaccines for the flu, herpes and pneumococcal pneumonia. Genetic or Family Medical History: If you are concerned about your health due to factors like genetics, family history, or prior medical conditions, it's essential to keep your doctor in the loop. They can help you determine if you need any extra screenings to catch any potential health issues early on. These may include cancer screenings, as well as examinations for heart disease checks, evaluations for hypertension and stroke, osteoporosis, assessments for urinary and reproductive system diseases, kidney disease tests, diabetes screenings, digestive system health evaluations, liver disease checks, and eye, ear, nose, and throat assessments. Lifestyle Habits Illnesses caused by lifestyle habits should also be taken seriously, especially for those who smoke regularly or even snore. At Radtech, health assessments are thoroughly planned. Our healthcare professionals will create a personalised examination plan based on factors like your age, environment, lifestyle, genetics, and medical history. Link Doctors seeks to make it easy for men to take care of their health, so we offer customised physical examination packages for each patient. They also have a special men's health check package, where patients can choose between the "Basic Check" and "Executive Package" options. You can find a comprehensive list of packages we provide here. These packages range from S$150 to S$9,990, depending on your needs and preferred scale of testing. Don't wait until it's too late! Time flies and before you know it, your parents’ ageing will become apparent, so take your father for a medical checkup. To see a more detailed list of checkup options click here.   

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