There are health conditions such as prostate cancer and low testosterone, which are peculiar to men alone. However, these and other health risks, colon cancer and heart disease, for example, can be prevented, and treated via an early diagnosis.
That’s the advantage of screening tests – they can find diseases early, when they’re easier to treat, so it’s important to have them regularly performed.
Here are five essential steps to a man’s optimum health:
- A tobacco-free lifestyle
- Daily exercise
- A healthy, balanced diet, low in saturated fats
- Staying at a healthy weight
- Taking preventive medicines (if needed)
- Performing regular screening tests
Men may want to speak to their QLMC doctor about these ongoing tests:
- Cardiovascular screening
- Colorectal cancers screening
- Prostate exam/PSA test
- Flu shot
- Bone mass measurement
- Diabetes screening (if you have symptoms)
- Hypertension screening
- Cholesterol/blood screens
- Body Mass Index analysis (BMI)
- Nutritional counseling
The prostate is made up of about 30% muscular tissue and 70% glandular tissue. Most men will experience some form of enlarged prostate by age 70, which is why it’s recommended that – beginning at age 50 – men get a prostate exam and PSA blood test every two years.
If the prostate grows too large, it may press against the urethra, rendering the flow of urine weaker, or slower. However, an increase in prostate size, or a change in urine flow, does not necessarily mean you have cancer – you may actually have a separate condition, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or prostatitis.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) defines a man’s inability to maintain a firm erection long enough to engage in sex. Although the occasional difficulty in maintaining a firm erection isn’t necessarily a cause for concern, if the problem is ongoing, it can cause stress by affecting relationships and injuring self-esteem.
One important ED fact: older men aren’t the only ones who experience it. ED can strike men of any age.
ED symptoms include the inability to have an erection, or to maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse at least 25% of the time. There are pharmaceutical and medical treatments available for ED disorder
Low testosterone (or hypogonadism) occurs when a man doesn’t produce enough of the male hormone testosterone. Testosterone decreases naturally as a man ages, but even younger men in their 30s and 40s can experience low testosterone.
Symptoms of low testosterone are:
- Low sexual desire
- Low energy or fatigue
- Erectile dysfunction
- Irritable moods
- Poor concentration
- Reduced muscle mass
- Reduced strength
- Increased body fat
If you are diagnosed with low testosterone, your doctor may recommend various hormone replacement treatments, the range of which will depend upon your particular needs. QLMC’s providers have worked on the cutting edge of pharmaceutical research in the field of testosterone therapy for a number of years.