Personal Routine Reminders

Healthcare Guidelines For Men

Routine activities for men to ensure good health

This chart provides general healthcare guidelines for men, but it is not meant to replace any advice and guidance given by your physician. Please use this as a reminder to take care of your personal healthcare needs, and also as a list of topics you may want to discuss with your physician.

Each Day

Each Month

Each Year


Exercise 30 minutes (at least 5 days each week).

Perform a testicular self-examination.

Have a dental checkup once or twice a year.

After age 20: every 5 years have a full lipid profile test for cholesterol and triglycerides.

Protect yourself from the sun -- use sunscreen and dress appropriately.

Perform an oral cavity self-examination -- gums, teeth, lips, tongue.

After age 50:
have a physical examination by your physician.

Every 3 years
after age 30:
have a physical examination by your physician.

Watch your fat intake -- no more than 30 percent of your caloric intake.

Perform a full-body self-examination for unusual moles or other skin conditions.

After age 50: have a DRE (digital rectal examination).

Every 2 years
after age 40:
have a physical examination by your physician.

Eat 2 - 3 servings of protein (meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, nuts) and dairy products.

Be aware of your blood pressure level.

After age 50: talk to your health care provider about the risks and benefits of having a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test.

After age 50:
have a flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, or as recommended by your physician.

Eat 6 - 11 servings of grains;
3 - 5 servings of vegetables;
and 2 - 4 servings
of fruits.

Be aware of your cholesterol level.

After age 50: have a flu shot yearly.

Be aware of your alcohol intake. Limit yourself to no more than 2 drinks per day.

Be aware of your weight -- check your BMI (body mass index).