prima_care22.jpegAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, women live five years longer than men. This is because of societal expectations of masculinity that often discourage men from seeking medical help or discussing their physical and emotional well-being openly. As a result, men are at a higher risk for certain health problems and may not receive the proper care when needed.

To raise awareness about men's health issues and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases, June is recognized as Men's Health Month. As the director of the Men’s Health Clinic at Prima CARE Medical Center,Dr. Kishore Lakshman offers specialized care tailored to men’s health needs. With his expertise, men can receive comprehensive evaluations and personalized treatment plans. Schedule an appointment with Prima CARE today and take the first step towards a healthier future.

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Continue reading to explore the five common concerns men face and discover how our clinic can support you.

1. Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is a common condition affecting nearly 30 million American men. It is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection, making sexual activity difficult or impossible. While it may be embarrassing for some men to discuss their concerns with ED, it is essential to seek help as it can be a sign of an underlying health issue.

Causes and Symptoms

ED can stem from both physical and psychological factors. Common physical causes include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Alcoholism or drug abuse

On the other hand, psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, and depression can also contribute to ED.

Symptoms of ED include:

  • Inability to achieve or maintain an erection
  • Reduced sexual desire
  • Difficulty achieving orgasm

Prevention and Treatment

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help prevent ED. This includes regular exercise, a balanced diet, avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption, and managing stress.

Our Men’s Health Clinic offers a comprehensive evaluation for ED, including a thorough medical history, physical exam, and laboratory testing. Our approach is personalized, considering each patient's unique health needs and concerns. Treatment options may include medication, lifestyle changes, or referrals for therapy.

2. Low Testosterone Levels (Low T)

Low testosterone levels, commonly referred to as low T, occur when the body doesn't produce enough testosterone, a vital hormone in men. Testosterone is a hormone responsible for muscle mass, bone density, red blood cell production, and sexual health. A decline in testosterone levels is natural with aging, but abnormally low levels can lead to a variety of health issues.

Causes and Symptoms

Factors that can contribute to low testosterone levels include:

  • Age
  • Obesity
  • Chronic disease
  • Certain medications

Symptoms of low T can be broad and sometimes subtle. They often include:

  • Reduced libido
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Increased body fat
  • Mood changes, such as irritability or depression
  • Reduced bone density
  • Sleep disturbances

Prevention and Treatment

You can prevent low T by maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and seeking medical treatment for any underlying conditions.

Dr. Lakshman and his team offer two types of therapy for low T: Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) and Testosterone Restoration Therapy. TRT is a common treatment that helps increase testosterone levels but can affect fertility. On the other hand, Testosterone Restoration Therapy aims to preserve fertility while restoring natural testosterone production.

3. Prostate Health

The prostate is a small gland in the male reproductive system that helps produce semen. As men age, the prostate can become enlarged or develop other problems, which may cause discomfort and affect overall health.

Causes and Symptoms

Prostate problems can stem from various issues, including:

  • Inflammation or infection (prostatitis)
  • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
  • Prostate cancer

Symptoms of prostate problems may include:

  • Difficulty urinating or weak urine flow
  • Frequent urge to urinate, especially at night
  • Painful or burning sensation during urination
  • Blood in the urine or semen

Prevention and Treatment

Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and limiting alcohol consumption can help prevent prostate problems. Screening for prostate cancer is also essential, especially for men over 50 or those with a family history of the disease.

Our Men’s Health Clinic offers screenings and personalized treatment plans for prostate health issues. Treatment options may include medication, lifestyle changes, or referrals for surgery if needed.

4. Mental Health

Approximately 9% of American men are affected by depression daily, and over 30% have suffered some period of depression over their lifetime. More alarming is the fact that men are 3.7 times more likely to take their own lives. Men often face societal pressures to appear strong and suppress their emotions, which can lead to severe mental health issues.

Causes and Symptoms

Mental health issues in men can stem from various factors, including:

  • Cultural and societal expectations of masculinity
  • Stigma surrounding seeking help for mental health issues
  • Poor coping mechanisms for stress and emotions
  • Substance abuse

Symptoms of poor mental health in men may include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Fatigue and lack of energy

Prevention and Treatment

Preventing poor mental health involves addressing the root causes, such as societal pressures and stigma. Seeking therapy or talking to a loved one about your struggles can be beneficial. Treatment options may include medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes.

Our team offers a safe and non-judgmental space for men to discuss their mental health concerns. Our team of experts can provide personalized treatment plans to help improve overall well-being. 

5. Heart Health

Heart disease is the  leading cause of death for men in the United States. It's essential to prioritize heart health and make lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of developing heart disease.

Causes and Symptoms

Factors that can contribute to heart disease include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

Symptoms of heart disease may include:

  • Chest pain or discomfort (angina)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

Prevention and Treatment

Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and following a balanced diet are crucial for preventing heart disease. Additionally, it's essential to manage any underlying conditions like high blood pressure or cholesterol.

At Prima CARE, our team offers comprehensive cardiac evaluations and personalized treatment plans to  improve heart health. Treatment options may include medication, lifestyle changes, or referrals for surgery if needed.

Prima CARE: Your Trusted Men's Health Partner!

Men are more susceptible to certain health issues, and it's essential to prioritize their overall well-being. This Men's Health Month, take the first step towards a healthier lifestyle by scheduling regular check-ups and addressing any concerns with a reliable healthcare provider like Prima CARE. Remember that seeking help for physical or mental health issues is a sign of strength, not weakness.

As a recognized leader in medical care in the southeastern New England communities, Prima Care is strongly committed to promoting overall wellness for our patients. This includes prioritizing men’s health and addressing the unique issues that men may face throughout their lives. With the expertise ofDr. Lakshman and his team at Men's Health Clinic, men can ensure their physical and mental health needs are met with personalized and comprehensive care.

Don't wait until a problem arises; prioritize your health now for a healthier future.Schedule an appointment now to learn more about our services and how we can help you achieve optimal health. 

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