I'll admit it, I don't like to go to the doctor. They tell you that you need to weigh less, eat better, get more exercise and what fun is all that!? However, the truth is that they have your best interests in mind and beyond those core healthy lifestyle choices, there are some concerns that a doctor's advice is needed to detect and cure. As men, we often have a problem admitting that it is time to go and get those little health concerns checked out. Very often we dismiss things as not being serious and manage pain and discomfort with paracetamols or over the counter remedies.
But ignoring health problems may cause us some serious problems later on down the line. The small niggles may well be a sign of something bigger that you really should get dealt with.
Making an appointment with your doctor can be something that you will keep on putting off repeatedly. But it will only take you a few minutes to do and could save your health.
Common Health Concerns In Men
There are a few common health concerns in men that we should not be afraid to talk about. Many of these problems can be dealt with easily if they are caught in plenty of time, but if left, they can be fatal.
Kidney stones are a common problem in men between the ages of thirty and sixty. The symptoms are typically problems urinating, or pain around the kidney area. There is a lot of research on kidney stone remedies but as advanced as modern medicine is, many people still relie on supplements and holistic cures as a promising treatment for kidney stones.
Prostate cancer is something that a lot of men suffer with. It is the most common form of cancer in men. It is a type of cancer that can be managed and in some cases can be removed. Signs that you may have a problem will centre around difficulties or pain whilst urination, and a loss of bladder control. Getting a regular check-up is important as prostate cancer is something that needs to be monitored. It is not usually treated immediately, instead a close eye needs to be kept to ensure it is not spreading.
Another cancer that is common in men is testicular cancer. All men, regardless of age, should be regularly checking their own testicles for lumps that have not previously been there. If you spot anything, you should visit your general practitioner as soon as possible. While often a lump could be an infection or something benign, it is always worth checking early so that you can get a head start on treatment if the worst is true.
Heart disease is something that affects many men, particularly from middle-age onwards. There are a number of symptoms which may include tightness of chest and trouble breathing. You may feel numbness or weakness in your hands or legs.
Heart disease can be treated if it is caught early enough. Through diet, exercise and medication, it is possible to reduce the risk of having a heart attack considerably.
For the sake of a very short ten-minute appointment with your doctor, you should always get any ailments checked out. It is better to catch these things early than to leave them until it is much too late to do anything about them.