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A profile for a man over 40 is a set of tests assessing general he alth that should be performed by every 40-year-old. Thanks to them you can, among others assess whether the level of hormones responsible for sex drive is normal, as well as detect prostate cancer at an early stage of development. Check which tests are included in the profile, what are the standards and how to interpret the test results.

Profile for a man over 40isblood, urine and feces tests , thanks to which you can assess general he alth. After forty, there are many changes in the male body - problems may arise, among others. on the part of the genitourinary system. In addition, in a man over 40, the risk of developing, among others, prostate cancer, coronary heart disease and diabetes, therefore these diseases should be ruled out.

The profile of a man over 40 includes: general profile, stool test, lipid profile, assessment of uric acid, prostate specific antigen (PSA), thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and testosterone.

1.General profile

The general profile includes tests such as blood count, sedimentation rate of red blood cells (ESR), lipid profile, electrolyte (sodium, potassium), blood glucose and urinalysis.

With the overall profile, you can assess your risk of developing a heart attack or stroke caused by blockage of the blood vessels (hardening of the arteries). The tests included in the general profile will also allow you to detect anemia, diabetes, kidney and urinary tract infections, disturbances in the body's water and electrolyte balance or inflammation.

CHECK>>GENERAL PROFILE - standards and test results

2.Uric acid

Blood uric acid levels are assessed to rule out diseases such as gout and kidney disease.

Increased levels of uric acid in the blood may indicate cancer, kidney failure, psoriasis and some liver diseases. On the other hand, saddle of uric acid concentration may indicate, for example, xanthinuria (a rare genetic disorder that can be treated by drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding foods rich in purines).


Profile of a man over 40 -standards

  • PSA - between the ages of 40 and 49 - 2.5 ng / ml
  • testosterone - 2.2-9.8 ng (nanograms) / ml of blood
  • TSH - 0.4-4.0 mlU / l
  • uric acid - 0.15-0.45 mmol / l (2.5-8.0 mg / dl)

3.Stool examination

In men over 40, feces are tested for occult blood. Its presence may be the first symptom of colorectal cancer.

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4.PSA (prostate specific antigen)

PSA is a neoplastic marker (a kind of cancer detector) for prostate cancer (prostate, prostate). It allows to detect neoplasm even at an early stage of development. It should be performed over 50 years of age, or in family circumstances over 40 years of age.

An increase in PSA levels in the blood suggests that cancer can develop in the prostate, even if the tumor is so small that it is difficult to detect on a rectal examination.

Unfortunately, the PSA test results are not 100 percent reliable. According to the research, as many as 1/4 of men with normal PSA levels suffer from prostate cancer, and over 50% with elevated PSA levels have a he althy prostate gland.


Testosterone is a hormone that provides, among others good sexual condition, increases libido and potency. Its level decreases with age (approx. 1% annually), which may cause male ailments, incl. erectile dysfunction or infertility. Testing the level of testosterone may be helpful in explaining the causes of their formation.

The cause of the decreased testosterone level may be, among others, testicular damage, e.g. from alcohol abuse, physical trauma or viral infection.

Increased testosterone levels in men may be evidenced by, inter alia, o developing a tumor in the testicle or adrenal gland that secretes testosterone and in cancer of the prostate gland. Increased PSA levels may also indicate inflammation of the prostate gland (chronic and acute).


TSH levels are measured to detect thyroid disease (TSH is the most sensitive indicator of impaired thyroid function). Increased concentration is characteristic of hypothyroidism, and lowered concentration - of hyperthyroidism.

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