When it comes to their health, Australian men are well known for putting their heads in the sand.
Maybe hoping whatever health issue they have will go away by itself, without the need for medical advice or treatment.
Get proactive about your health… man!
While women are more inclined to get regular check ups and be proactive about their health, men aren’t so forthcoming.
Perhaps this accounts for why men are more likely to get sick from a serious health problem?
It’s important for men of all ages to be proactive about their health. Embracing simple ways to enhance health through exercise, healthy eating and regular medical checks.
So, what should men be checking with their GP to ensure they are in tip-top condition?
Top 5 men’s health concerns to ask your GP about
We’ve outlined our top 5 things to get checked on a regular basis during your men’s health assessment:
1. Prostate Checks
Prostate Cancer is one of the most common cancers in men, and testing is an essential check during any men’s health assessment.
Over 18,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during 2016, with 65-69 year olds most at risk.
Men over the age of 45 should schedule regular check ups. Either a digital rectal exam, or a prostate-specific antigen blood test will provide an accurate dignosis.
2. Mental Health
Men are at the greatest risk of mental health issues, yet are least likely to seek help.
Left unaddressed, these issues can become harmful, not just to yourself, but also those around you. Relationships with partners, children, friends, and work colleagues are all at risk.
If you suffer, or have suffered, anxiety, stress, or depression, talking with your GP can provide a greater understanding of how you feel.
3. Heart Health
Coronary heart disease is the single leading cause of death in Australia.
If you fit any of the following risk factors, discuss it with your GP at your next check up:
- high blood pressure,
- high cholesterol,
- overweight / obesity,
- poor dietary choices,
- sedentary lifestyle with little or no exercise.
- alcohol & nicotine.
If required, your GP can refer you to a cardiac specialist for further testing.
4. Nutritional Assessment
If you’re concerned about getting enough nutrients in your diet, a nutritional assessment will show if you are deficient.
A healthy body relies on many essential vitamins & minerals, including Vitamin A, B-complex, Vitamin D and Vitamin K.
Zinc, copper, magnesium, iron & calcium are also recommended
Our dietitian, Sav Manolis, can show you how a few simple dietary changes could improve your life.
5. Gut & Liver Health
Excessive alcohol and poor food choices may lead to gut issues such as bloating, flatulence, constipation and diarrhoea.
If you suffer from IBS, stomach or liver issues, your GP can test the gut, and provide nutritional options for improving your health.
Is something else troubling you?
Don’t feel limited by these items we’ve listed here, you’ve made it this far, why not take advantage of your Doctor’s knowledge?
If you have a health concern, be it sexual dysfunction or fertility issues, a skin condition, urinary issue, or even osteoporosis, you’re in the best place to ask the question.
About Pulse Medical Algester
Located near the IGA on Algester Road, Pulse Medical offers bulk billed medical services for all members of the family.
Serving the wider Algester, Calamvale & Sunnybank Hills communities, our doctors have a special interest in men’s health.
Call, or book an appointment online today.