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Men’s Health

Eastside Family Health Center -  - Internal Medicine

Eastside Family Health Center

Internal Medicine & Sports Medicine located in Kirkland, WA

Ignoring unusual symptoms can lead to serious health conditions. It is important for men to avoid complacency if changes in health are observed. Frank Marinkovich, MD, of Eastside Family Health Center in Kirkland, Washington, can help men get back on track without worrying about your health. Call Eastside Family Health Center today or book an appointment online to benefit from the practice's services.

Men’s Health

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Men’s health involves various gender-specific issues, like testosterone production, sexual health, among others.

The top men's health threats include heart disease, cancer, and unintentional injury. There are also health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone. 
Thankfully, most men's health conditions are largely preventable. Make healthy lifestyle choices, such as eating a healthy diet and including physical activity in your daily routine.

Compared to women, men are statistically more likely to:

  • Smoke and drink
  • Make unhealthy lifestyle choices
  • Put off regular checkups and medical care

Common conditions & disease that affect men

Men are at a higher risk for high blood pressure than women until age 64. Many men with high blood pressure are also at risk for diabetes, a significant health concern. 

The excess buildup of sugar in the body caused by diabetes can lead to severe health problems, including stroke, congestive heart failure, peripheral artery disease, kidney disease, and nerve damage. An estimated 14 percent of men older than 18 have diabetes in the U.S.

The most common condition and diseases or male-specific conditions are:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Osteoporosis
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fertility

Health checkups could prevent most illnesses from which men of all ages suffer.

Checkups and Screenings

Visiting the doctor regularly can help men catch potentially deadly diseases or conditions early.

Historically, men avoid seeking healthcare until they must do so. About 38% of men admit to only going to the doctor when sick or when symptoms don’t go away.

Basic screenings are recommended for the following conditions:

  • Colon cancer
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • HIV
  • Lung cancer

Almost all major health problems can be prevented by making confident lifestyle choices and introducing new habits in your everyday life. 

Men can also talk to their doctors about taking nutritional supplements and receiving immunizations to help ensure long-lasting health.

Even if men exercise, eat well, and maintain a healthy lifestyle, they may still get sick. Men should always consult their doctors to ensure any treatment benefits outweigh the risks.

Men can live long, happy lives by paying attention to fundamental aspects of their health and seeking regular healthcare.