Health in your 30s
You’re probably pretty busy right now – perhaps establishing yourself at work, developing a relationship, starting a family or paying off a house. A quick check-up with a GP will cover a few essentials to ensure you keep feeling energetic and on top of your game.
- If you don’t already have one, find a GP you feel comfortable talking to
- An annual visit to your GP is a great idea – use your birthday as a reminder
To learn more, click on the following:
- Your family’s medical history
- Weight and waist measurement
- Type 2 diabetes risk – indigenous men
- Blood cholesterol and glucose
- Blood pressure
- Examine your testicles for lumps and bumps – feel anything unusual? Get it checked
- Skin cancer risk – get those moles checked out
- Blood cholesterol and glucose
- Immunisations you may need
- Talk about any emotional concerns, anxiety, stress and depression- your GP or a counsellor will assist you
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Quit smoking
- Drink moderately – up to 2 standard drinks a day and 3 alcohol free days a week – stay in control
- Eat healthy nutritious food with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables
- Keep active and maintain a healthy weight
Unprotected sex and genital contact can put you at risk. It’s not just AIDS or unwanted pregnancies you need worry about, but common sexually transmitted disease such as chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts and gonorrhoea.
Condoms don’t eliminate the risk but can drastically reduce them. If you are sexually active with more than one person have regular check-ups. Take care of yourself and your sexual partner.
All men in their 30’s should be aware of testicular cancer and the normal look and feel of their testicles. Regular self-examination will alert you to any changes and help you to find any lumps and bumps early. Any pain or change in your testicles should be followed up immediately with your GP.
Exercise and playing sport with your mates, assists with weight control and fitness. Avoid working too hard – enjoy your family and friends and allow then time to enjoy being with you. If you have a hobby or an interest pursue it, take some time out of your schedule - try cycling. Keep playing your sport as it’s a great way to stay fit, keep your weight under control and catch up with mates.
Depression and anxiety in men are common - one in eight men experience depression and one in five men experience anxiety at some stage in their life. Depression and anxiety are illnesses not weaknesses and you should not feel ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help – the sooner the better. Your GP is a good place to start. Some signs of depression and anxiety are:
- Often feeling down or anxious/uptight
- Drinking or smoking too much
- Withdrawing from family, friends and social situations
- Stressing over small things
- Feeling easily irritated, upset or angry
- Feeling like you’re losing control
- Depression in men is common and treatable
- With the right treatment, most people recover from depression
- It’s important to seek help early - the sooner the better
For more information on depression and anxiety checkout the beyondblue website www.beyondblue.org.au/men or call the beyondblue info line 1300 224 636.
Take time out for yourself, and enjoy your family and friends. Laugh lots and loud. Don’t bottle up the issues – spill the beans. Take care of yourself. Live long, live well.