Guys Over 45 Years: 3 Medical Tests You Need Now

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Hi, I'm Dr. Oz. If you're a man over 45, there are three medical tastes that you need to schedule with your doctor. First off is a diabetes test. Adults 45 and older should be tested for type 2 diabetes every three years, and anyone whose blood pressure is greater than 135/80 should be screened, regardless of age.

If you're diagnosed with pre-diabetes, mean you have a fasting plasma glucose test result over 99, you can take steps to prevent full blown diabetes. Second is colon cancer screening. Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths among men, even though it has 90% survival rate when caught early. You should get your first colon cancer screening at age 50, then every three to five years depending on what your doctor advises. And third, is the prostate cancer screening.

The PSA test is controversial but it can be a barometer of your overall health. Starting at age 45, high risk men, and that includes African Americans, should have a Prostrate Specific Antigen test is a bench mark for future test. Since PSA levels my vary between men and tends to rise with age. Guys who have an average risk of prostate cancer can start their PSA test at age 50.

If your PSA is high, don't just run off and get it biopsied right away, ask your doctor about a follow up test. Men whose PSA levels climbs steeply over a short period are more likely to have prostate cancer than those who don't see dramatic changes. I'm Dr. Oz. For more ways to protect your health, checkout all of our smart tips.