April 20, 2019

An annual physical may seem like an unnecessary burden, but there are some excellent reasons not to skip this appointment. Annual physicals are so important to your overall health that insurance companies are starting to offer monetary rewards for completing your annual physical each year as incentive. Even if you dislike going to the doctor as most men do, it is important to bite the bullet and be seen.

Disease Prevention

Many diseases can be successfully avoided or treated early if they are detected right away. Sometimes, the symptoms of these diseases are negligible and can be easily ignored. You may not have any indication on your own that you have diabetes, heart disease, cancer, or other illness. With a careful examination and routine lab tests, your doctor can detect the beginnings of these diseases before they become severely detrimental to your overall health.

Update Prescriptions

While you may be able to get your maintenance medications refilled with a quick call to your doctor, for most conditions, your doctor will want to see you periodically. Even if your blood pressure has stayed the same for years and your medication has not changed, your doctor will want to follow up with you before renewing your prescription. The same is true for many other medical conditions. Going to your annual physical allows your doctor to fully examine you and determine if your medications should stay the same, and they will at that time offer you refills.

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April 10, 2019

Erectile dysfunction can have many potential causes, and not all of them are difficult to treat. Often erectile dysfunction can be easily corrected through the treatment of other underlying medical conditions. It is important to see your doctor for erectile dysfunction to learn the cause and seek treatment. Here are the three most common causes of erectile dysfunction.

Poor Cardiac Health

Think of your penis as your check engine light. Often, when cardiac problems first arise, the first symptom that you notice is erectile dysfunction. It takes a tremendous amount of blood circulation to cause the penis to be erect. If there are problems with your cardiac health, not enough blood can be pumped to the area. Some of the health conditions that this could indicate include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity.

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March 20, 2019

As a general rule, men are indifferent about healthcare. Surveys have found that about 63 percent of men do not go to the doctor until they have severe and prolonged pain. Even though some men do keep their annual physicals and have a primary care doctor, most men do not know what to discuss at these annual checkups and have no knowledge about what is being measured or why. It is important to be a good health consumer to keep yourself healthy for years to come.

Preventative Medicine

Men need to understand what measurements need to be monitored and why. Knowing how your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and testosterone levels function and why they are important could help you see your doctor more regularly. It is important that these metrics are measured frequently, particularly as you get older. Often when these metrics are below or above normal, you may not have any symptoms that you can pinpoint. Yet they may be signs of more serious conditions.

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March 10, 2019

Erectile dysfunction can be caused by any number of factors, including medications and health conditions. New studies are showing that there is a link between erectile dysfunction and heart disease. While not every case of erectile dysfunction means that a cardiac event is in your future, it could be an early sign.

Erectile Dysfunction and Heart Disease

One of the causes of erectile dysfunction is blood flow to the penis. The penile arteries are quite large, and they are often the first sign of a blood flow issue. When erectile dysfunction is caused by blood flow, it could be an early sign that you could have a cardiac event within a few years. Many doctors are beginning to suggest that if you have erectile dysfunction as well as other heart disease risks that you see a cardiologist for an assessment.

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February 20, 2019

Poor sleep quality has been linked to many health conditions. A new study from the Baylor College of Medicine has discovered that there is also a link between sleep quality and urinary tract issues in men. The study was prompted by an increase in clinics of men who were night shift workers with lower urinary tract symptoms. The results of the study are encouraging.

About the Study

After seeing an increase in men with lower urinary tract symptoms, researchers began noticing a pattern. Many of the men presenting with these symptoms were on the night shift, which often coincides with poor sleep quality. The researchers conducted a survey of the men presenting lower urinary tract symptoms to determine their lifestyle and sleep quality.

The results of the study showed that there is a link between lower urinary tract symptoms and sleep quality. Although there can be many potential causes of LUTS, poor sleep quality could exacerbate symptoms and make them more frequent and severe.

Symptoms of LUTS

There are several symptoms that men with LUTS may notice. These symptoms include a frequent need to urinate, a frequent and strong urge to urinate, burning during urination, urinary leaking, difficulty in urinating, and pelvic pain. These symptoms are often worse if you are not getting enough quality sleep.

There can be several different causes of lower urinary tract symptoms. Some studies have linked LUTS to bladder cancer or an enlarged prostate. These correlations seem to be indicating that LUTS is a result of these conditions rather than the cause of them. Often, the exact cause of lower urinary tract symptoms is difficult to pinpoint, but they can be treated.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should contact us today for a consultation and exam. We are able to assist with treatment options and lifestyle changes that could reduce your symptoms.

 

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February 10, 2019

As men age, their testosterone levels naturally become lower. For some men, low testosterone can be even more severe and produce a variety of symptoms. New studies have found that testosterone treatment can greatly benefit men who are affected by these symptoms.

The Newest Study

The newest research is based on the largest study of its kind to date. It was conducted by several universities, including the Baylor College of Medicine. Organizations such as the National Institute of Aging were also involved. The multigenerational study focused on potential benefits of testosterone treatments.

In the study, 790 men whose low testosterone levels were caused by age alone were divided into two groups. One group received a testosterone gel treatment, and the other group received a placebo gel. The results were encouraging, proving definitively that testosterone treatment can significantly benefit aging men over the age of 65.

Benefits of Testosterone Treatments

Some of the benefits of testosterone were expected, but other benefits that appeared were somewhat surprising. The testosterone gel restored testosterone levels to mid-normal for a young man, which carried many benefits. The research is still ongoing and being published, but the first three trials are out and show benefits in three different areas.

The benefit that was most expected, and proven, was a restoration of sexual function. Participants who used the testosterone gel had increased sexual desire and activity, as well as an increased ability to obtain and maintain an erection. This benefit of testosterone treatment can also improve self-esteem, mood, and vitality.

Another benefit that was determined was physical endurance. The trial urged men to walk for six minutes to determine if the distance they walked would increase as their testosterone levels increased. Although there was not a significant increase individually, cumulatively the study did show that there was an increase in the distance walked.

Finally, increased testosterone from the testosterone gel treatment caused improved mood and diminished symptoms of depression. If you are suffering from low testosterone and it is affecting areas of your life, do not suffer in silence. Contact us today for more information about available testosterone treatments.

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January 30, 2019

When you or a loved one is diagnosed with prostate cancer, you may understandably be dealing with a cloud of worry, looking for any information that can teach you how to live with it, how to treat it, and how to beat it. It’s a difficult yet manageable disease, and your journey to full recovery is dependent on how you handle the different ebbs and flows of your situation. Beyond the mental preparation you’ll be doing, here are some myths we can debunk about prostate cancer right off the bat.

1.      Surgery is always the best option.

While surgery is often the best solution for certain advanced cases, a 20-year study suggests that observation may be the best medicine for men with early-stage prostate cancer.  Researchers randomly assigned 731 men, average age 67, with localized prostate cancer to receive either surgery or observation only. At the 20-year follow-up, 62% of the men who had prostate cancer surgery had died of other causes, while only 7% died from prostate cancer. In comparison, 67% of the men assigned to observation died from other causes and 11% from prostate cancer. The absolute differences in mortality were not significant.

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