Routine urological checkups are incredibly important for men, especially once you hit 50 years of age. At Arkansas Urology, we recommend a 10-point checkup to get you on the right track to better health in 2020! Your checkup should cover:
1. PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) – This test measures the level of a protein produced by the prostate that circulates in the blood. Elevated PSA levels can be seen with prostate inflammation, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or cancer.
2. Total Testosterone – This test will measure the level of testosterone in your blood. A low level may cause men to experience fatigue, weight gain, hair loss and sexual problems.
3. Urinalysis – A urinalysis is a test of your urine and can detect a wide variety of disorders such as diabetes and urinary tract infections.
4. CBC (Complete Blood Count) – A complete blood count test is used to evaluate overall health and detect a variety of disorders. It measures your white and red blood cell counts, hemoglobin and more.
5. Hemoglobin A1c (blood sugar) – This test evaluates the average amount of glucose in your blood over the last few months and reports your average level of blood sugar. The test is used to diagnose diabetes and is used regularly to see if a diabetic person’s levels are staying within range.
6. TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) – The TSH test will show whether or not your thyroid gland is working properly and can indicate either an overactive or underactive thyroid.
7. Comprehensive Metabolic Panel – The CMP is a series of blood tests that assess how your body is using energy (your metabolism). It can show you whether or not certain medications are harming your kidneys or liver, as well.
8. Sexual Health Inventory – This scale is used for screening and diagnosis of erectile dysfunction.
9. IPSS (International Prostate Symptom Score) – This screening tool is used to screen for and diagnose benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
10. Berlin Score – This questionnaire helps doctors identify patients’ potential sleep problems, such as sleep apnea, which has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and strokes.
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