4 Health Concerns Men Over 40 May Not Be Thinking About

Let’s talk about car maintenance

Oil changes, tire rotations, filter replacements - we take care of our cars so they run smoothly and efficiently for as long as possible. Wouldn’t it make sense to care for our most important vehicle - our bodies - to achieve the same outcome? Prevention and maintenance are the cornerstone to a healthy, long and active life yet a national survey completed by Cleveland Clinic reveals some concerning findings:

“82 percent of men try to stay healthy to live longer for friends and family who rely on them, yet only 50 percent engage in preventative care”

“72 percent of men would rather do household chores, like cleaning the bathroom or mowing the lawn, than go to the doctor”

Two additional findings of the survey also reveal that 41% of men were told as children that they shouldn’t complain about health concerns and that 61% would more likely go to their doctor for a yearly physical if it was more convenient.

 

No Fuss, Stress Free Access To Care

At HealthBridge, all of our physicians focus on preventative care as well as early detection. And for your convenience, we offer services that make it easier than ever to have access to your doctor when you need it. This includes:

24/7 access to your Top Doctor

Telemedicine

Extended Appointments

We also offer an extremely comprehensive annual exam called HEALTHVANTAGE™ which is efficiently scheduled to give you access to this in-depth assessment in only one or two visits.

 

Don’t Ignore Your Other Systems

Heart disease and risk factors undoubtedly should be addressed. Your heart is your vehicle's engine after all. But your car will still have issues if the transmission is slipping or the breaklines are bad. Same goes for your body! It doesn’t hurt to run a diagnostic once in a while on all your major systems and certainly a tune up to prevent problems is better than an overhaul.

Here are a few areas you may not have considered to check out with your doctor:  

1. Melanoma

Many products that are typically geared towards women like facial lotion and cosmetics contain SPF. Sunscreen should be a part of everyone's daily routine especially if you spend time outside for work, exercise or social activities. Sun damage is cumulative, and over time, can cause changes in the skin. So if you notice discoloration, spots or changes in moles, you should bring them to your doctor’s attention. When caught early, melanoma may be highly treatable.

 

2. Osteoporosis

A condition that is characterized by a loss or thinning of bone mass is typically thought of as something that only impacts older women but you may be surprised to know that millions of males suffer from osteoporosis and also osteopenia, a lesser form of osteoporosis. Good news is that you can help prevent or slow this condition with the right guidance on nutrition, exercise and supplementation. An easy breezy Dexa bone density test can help identify thinning bone mass and can help your doctor decide if a bone building medication is needed.

 

3. Low Testosterone

Hormone levels naturally decrease as we age and low testosterone levels can contribute to a number of pesky concerns like loss of muscle mass, feeling tired, low sex drive and more. A simple blood test can reveal where your levels are at along with other important hormones. There are treatments available to correct these imbalances, one example being Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy also called BHRT for short which is available at HealthBridge.

 

4. Digestive Issues

Digestive and elimination discomforts are common and easy to ignore. But gut health is linked to a myriad of things including your immune system! Seeing a gastroenterologist can help identify and address these concerns and in turn make you feel more comfortable in your day to day life.  

Colon cancer is also the third most diagnosed cancer in men and women. But when detected early, outcomes are continuing to improve. Better yet, if polyps are present, they can easily be removed which may help decrease risk. While the recommendation for most is to get a colonoscopy for screening at age 50, if you have a family history or other risk factors, getting one earlier may be recommended.

 

Ready To Learn More?

Speak with our patient liaison today about all of the benefits of concierge medicine and membership. You can also tour the practice, in person or virtually, and connect with the physician you would like to work with for a complimentary chat at the office or via video conference. We invite you to take charge of your health!

Call 516-627-4433 or email hello@healthbridgeinfo.com

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