As a man, you may already know that heart disease and prostate cancer should be on your health radar, and regular medical checkups are the best way to prevent these common men’s health problems. As the men’s health specialist at Discover Health in San Francisco, internist Dr. Clifford Sewell strives to give his male patients the care and information they need to live a long, healthy life. Call or book your appointment online today.
What does men’s health include?
As a men’s health specialist, Dr. Sewell can:
- Accurately assess any undiagnosed health concerns
- Provide chronic disease management and acute illness care
- Recognize early signs of severe conditions
- Provide preventive care services, including colon and prostate cancer screenings
- Recommend lifestyle modifications to help prevent or treat disease
- Perform routine physicals and administer vaccinations
What are the specific health problems men face?
Men are affected by a wide variety of health problems, ranging from chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, to reproductive health issues like low testosterone.
The greatest threats to men’s health include:
- Heart disease
- Unintentional injuries
- Chronic lower respiratory disease
Fortunately, many of the health problems that affect men are either preventable or highly treatable in their early stages, making routine preventive health care and healthy lifestyle choices all the more important.
What are the risk factors for heart disease?
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American men. Coronary artery disease (CAD), the most common type of heart disease, is usually the result of a reduced blood flow to the heart due to narrowed or blocked blood vessels.
The chronic form of CAD, which occurs when your coronary artery narrows over time and limits oxygen-rich blood to your heart, can eventually lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Several major risk factors can increase your chances of developing heart disease, and knowing what they are is key to prevention or early diagnosis. Approximately half of all Americans have at least three of the following known risk factors; you may be at greater risk for heart disease if you:
- Are overweight or obese
- Have high blood pressure or unhealthy blood cholesterol levels
- Smoke or drink too much alcohol
- Eat a poor diet or lead a sedentary lifestyle
- Have type 2 diabetes
- Live with chronic psychological stress
Your chances of developing heart disease are higher if one of your parents or siblings has it; your risk also increases as you age. You can largely prevent CAD — or keep the condition in check — by seeing Dr. Sewell for regular preventive care and leading a healthy lifestyle.