Prevention is better than a cure
Looking after your heart can be as simple as watching your weight, exercising regularly and not smoking. You can also monitor your heart by taking a blood test every two years up until you are 40 to check blood pressure.. Once you are 40, you will want to check this more regularly along with adding a check on your cholesterol levels every 5 years.
Remember that if you are in a high risk group, such as having a family history or high indicators, you will want to have this checked more regularly!
If you have further questions in regards to your health, book an appointment with one of our friendly and professional doctors today to make a plan for your ongoing health.
Anxiety & Depression
Depression affects 1 in 6 Australian Men however, they tend to put off getting any kind of support, because it’s not considered ‘manly’. Depression is a serious and common condition that needs more recognition to encourage sufferers to speak up. While women are more likely to experience anxiety and depression, men are less likely to talk about it. This increases the risk of their anxiety or depression going unrecognised and untreated.
One of the things they encourage is to see your doctor. Your GP offers a confidential and medically accurate assessment and can offer advice on management and treatment.
If you are feel you may be suffering from depression, call your doctor today or contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or visit their website http://www.beyondblue.org.au/
An Australian survey showed that at least 1 in five men over the age of 40 years has erectile problems and about one in ten men are completely unable to have erections.
Erectile dysfunction (or impotence) is a man’s inability to get or keep an erection. It was previously thought that this issue was psychological, however recent studies show that it is primarily a physical problem.
Better Health describes some of the causes of Erectile Dysfunction
- physical illness – erectile dysfunction is frequently associated with conditions affecting the blood flow in the penis. Diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension (high blood pressure), cigarette smoking and obesity are often involved, and there is a strong association between erectile dysfunction and cardiac (heart) disease. Men who have multiple sclerosis may also experience erectile dysfunction
- psychological factors – a man’s sexual drive or performance can be affected by stress such as problems at work, relationship difficulties or financial worries. Psychiatric conditions, and feeling depressed or anxious about poor sexual performance can also result in a failed erection
- a combination of physical illness and psychological factors – physical problems with maintaining an erection may cause the man to feel anxious about sexual performance, which makes the problem worse
- unknown – in a few cases, neither physical nor psychological causes are obvious. Vascular disease is likely to be the underlying cause in these cases.
It’s normal to experience Erectile Dysfunction occasionally however if you are experiencing this more often please contact our team to book an appointment with one of our Men’s Health GP’s.
Prostate and Bowel Cancer is one of the looming health concerns for men as they reach middle age. It is generally recommended that once you turn 50, you should have regular checks for both. If you have a family history, it is recommended once you reach 40.
You should be regularly checking your testes for Testicular Cancer. If you are unsure of what to look for, please book an appointment with one of our Men’s Health professionals.