There’s truth to the joke about dragging a man to the doctor. Men are more likely than women to put off a physical until something is really wrong. Bad idea: men lead women in 14 of the 15 leading causes of death. Don’t neglect your health, guys! Our primary care doctors can get you in for a visit fast – usually on the same day you call.
When Men Should See the Doctor
Every year! An annual wellness check includes routine blood tests for diabetes, cholesterol levels, and kidney function. Even a simple blood pressure test can tell a physician so much about a man’s health. Screenings find diseases before you have symptoms, so they’re easier to treat.
Make Prostate Health a Priority
Because prostate cancer is so common – one in six men will get it – a doctor may perform a digital rectal exam (DRE) and possibly order a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. Although this cancer tends to be slow-growing, some forms are aggressive. Why take a chance?
Keep Cholesterol in Check
Hardening of the arteries, heart disease and stroke can all stem from high cholesterol. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to keep it under control. Your primary care physician will look at your lifestyle, diet and family history, and then suggest healthy changes and, in some individuals, medication.
The older you are, the more risks you face. The tests your doctor will order for you are based on your age and risk factors. Don’t put it off any longer. Call us for same-day appointments and a holistic approach to men’s health.