Caring for Men: 40s


Preventive Care
Preventive care helps keep you healthy and identify problems early, when they’re easier to treat. A typical preventative care exam – often referred to as a physical or well visit – includes:

  • Physical exam, including height, weight and BMI
  • Blood pressure check; every two years if less than 120/80 mm Hg; every year if 120–139/80–89 mm Hg
  • Cholesterol and triglyceride: every five years
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and prostate exam: talk to your doctor about your risk and if screening is right for you
  • Colon cancer screening
    • Begin at age 50; earlier if you are African American, American Indian or Alaskan Native
    • Begin between ages 40 to 50 if you have a parent or sibling with colon cancer, or have an adenomatous colon polyp before age 60
  • Immunizations:
    • Influenza: every year
    • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertusis (Td/Tdap): Tdap once, then Td every 10 years
    • Varicella (chickenpox): two doses if not had before and not immune to chickenpox

When a painful hernia keeps you from moving freely and comfortably, finding an expert surgeon is a top priority. At Park Nicollet, our highly-skilled surgeons, trained in the latest surgical techniques, perform more than 1,000 hernia repairs a year.

Eye care, vision changes
You don’t need 20/20 vision to know how important your eyes are to everyday living. Eye exams are an important part of preventive health. From checkups to surgery, we provide expert and compassionate care for your eyes. Men in their 40s should receive eye exams every one to two years.