Why Do Men Need Specialized Health Care?

A 2016 study found that only three in five men get their annual physicals and that just over 40% go to the doctor when they fear they have a serious medical condition. In general, studies show that men just aren’t that interested in going to the doctor. But they should be. Men not only need to be seen for general issues — such as their heart health and bone health — but they also need care for problems that are unique to them.

If you’re looking for a practice that puts your health first, come see us at The Medical Place Family Practice. Our staff, led by Tasha M. Boone, MD, will make sure you receive the best care available. As a full family medicine practice, we offer men’s health care, women’s health care, and pediatric care. We can be your family’s one-stop shop for all of your medical needs.

On men’s general health

In general, men live five fewer years than women (81.1 years vs. 76.1 years). Unfortunately, the bad news for overall men’s health extends beyond the five-year gap. Men have higher death rates when it comes to accidents, murders, suicides, and liver disorders. Furthermore, men are more likely to engage in dangerous habits. When compared to women, men are more likely to:

Why men’s health care is necessary

Men, just like women, face some health issues that are exclusive to their anatomy. For example, men deal with the following unique health problems:

At The Medical Place Family Practice, we also  focus on preventing the diseases that represent the most common killers of men in the United States. These include:

Men’s mental health

Men’s health extends beyond just physical well-being. Mental health is an important part of overall wellness. Depression and suicide, for men specifically, is growing into a crisis. In 2017, more than 47,000 people died by suicide, and suicide is the seventh leading cause of death for men in the United States.

With this in mind, it’s important to discuss your stress levels and possible signs of depression during your health care exams.

The family medicine approach

Dr. Boone takes everything into consideration when assessing your health. She evaluates your lifestyle and your risks for developing diseases, so she can track your health and catch diseases before they get a foothold. Dr. Boone encourages forming good habits to live a long and healthy life. Toward this end, she’ll work with you to create a customized plan for healthy living.

Don’t put your health on the backburner. Come see the men’s health experts at The Medical Place Family Practice. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone today.

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