Velocity Care takes a look at common health concerns affecting the male population
There are many health issues that become more prevalent as we age. For men, some of these issues are of specific concern. Here we look into frequently occurring problems that affect men and their health.
- Hair loss.
Hair loss is a common problem that most men will experience, to some degree, at some point in their lives. Also known as alopecia, hair loss may begin by an overall thinning of the hair, or it may begin to recede, starting at the forehead and moving backwards. Hair loss is usually genetic, however other factors, such as stress, diet and medications, may affect it as well. Treatment options for alopecia include topical hair-growth solutions, hair transplant procedures and stem cell therapy.
- Prostate health.
The prostate is a very small gland (about the size of a walnut) that is located in the male reproductive system. The prostate helps to produce semen. As a man begins to age, the prostate can begin to become enlarged, which may cause it to put pressure on the urethra. This enlargement (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) can cause symptoms such as difficulty urinating, frequent urination (especially at night time), the sudden urge to urinate or having to stop and start again while passing urine. This problem is extremely common and occurs, to some degree, in most men and usually worsens with age.
- Weight gain.
As men get older, it is very common that they experience an increase in their weight, especially around their midsections. This is due, in part, to a slowing metabolism and a decrease in the hormone testosterone. As these factors come into play, along with a poor diet and decreased activity, a man may begin to also see a decrease in muscle mass. If not managed early on, weight can continue to increase while more muscle is lost, increasing risk factors for metabolic diseases (like diabetes) and frailty and fractures in old age.
Snoring is a condition caused by a narrowing or relaxing of the throat or nasal passages that causes these tissues to vibrate, making the frequently loud noises associated with snoring. Statistics have shown that four out of every 10 men snore. This condition can cause a decrease in the amount and quality of sleep obtained and can also lead to a condition called sleep apnea. This occurs when the throat or nasal passages narrow to a degree where breathing is momentarily completely obstructed. Normal breathing will usually begin immediately afterwards, but these, often frequent, disruptions can cause poor sleep and a lack of oxygen to the brain and major body organs. A specially designed breathing machine can help to decrease the frequency of sleep apnea episodes.
Receiving a yearly checkup from your doctor is a very important step in reducing future health care issues and complications. Surveys have shown that only 15 percent of men regularly see their doctor for these yearly visits compared to close to 44 percent of women. During an annual physical, your doctor will check your blood pressure and heart rate, reflexes, urine, vision, hearing and numerous other important markers for good health. A yearly exam will also provide the opportunity to bring up any questions or concerns that you may have. By seeing your doctor regularly, you can catch problems early on, before they begin to progress into more serious issues.
Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center has four locations ready to serve you. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff and board-certified physicians can assist you and your family with all your questions and concerns and provide you with the quality service that you deserve.
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