Men's Health: Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor
The best patient/doctor relationships are those where the patient feels comfortable asking his or her doctor any question and the doctor is happy and genuinely committed to answer any question. Better health starts with knowledge, and these questions are helpful for men when it comes to maintaining their health.
- Should I be tested for prostate cancer? For men between the ages of 50 to 75, a yearly screening with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and a digital rectal exam is recommended, according to the American Urological Association.
- How frequently should I be urinating? This depends. Body size, fluid loss from exercise, hydration levels, medical conditions, medications, and the amount of fluids one drinks each can affect how often one urinates. Consult your doctor if you are concerned about the amount or frequency that you urinate.
- Should I be concerned about a heart attack at my age? This question should prompt your doctor to inquire about family history. You should also inform your doctor about your lifestyle, including whether or not you smoke, what your exercise routine consists of, and your diet.
- If I'm not as sexually active as I used to be, does that mean there is something wrong with me? Diabetes, obesity, and smoking can all play a part in sexual function, as well as medications you may be taking. Consult your doctor for advice if you are experiencing low libido.
What annual screenings do I need, at what age? As men age, certain screenings are recommended, such as blood pressure and cholesterol screenings.