Men’s Health Services Peregian Beach
Many men are reluctant to see a doctor when faced with health issues and often delay preventative care which can put them at risk of preventable disease.
One of the reasons why men are reluctant to seek help is the traditional cultural script about masculinity. A 2014 study reveals that gender beliefs contribute to men’s healthcare avoidance. Culture’s notion of masculinity dictates that men need to be tough, brave, strong and self-reliant and those who subscribe to this belief tend to avoid seeing a doctor and delay preventative care.
Early treatment and preventative care can significantly alter health outcomes. So, if a current health issue is worrying you or you just want preventative care, we have an experienced team of male/female Doctors and Health Professionals at Peregian Family Medical, ready to see you.
We offer a range of men’s health services, advice, and treatment on the following:
Mental health, including depression and anxiety
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Penis and Testicular Health Checks, including erectile dysfunction management
Prostate Health Checks
Routine Health Checks
Our services include prevention, education, treatment, rehabilitation and specific diseases and disorders that affect men of all ages.
What’s involved in a health check?
A typical routine medical check-up that focuses on men’s health is designed to ensure that you stay in good health, both physically and mentally. A check-up can also be a preventive step especially when talking about specifics relating to being a male. During a routine physical, your doctor can check vitals, including your weight and heart rate. General tests may also carried out for:
High Blood Pressure
People may have high blood pressure for years without being aware of it. This is why it is dubbed the “silent killer”. Unmanaged high blood pressure can lead to other more serious conditions which include stroke, cardiac arrest, heart failure, and kidney failure. Therefore, it is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly.
High cholesterol can also lead to heart disease and cardiac arrest. It’s crucial to have your cholesterol checked regularly starting at around 35 years of age, or younger when you have pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, family history of heart disease and if you smoke. To assess your cholesterol level a simple blood test called a lipoprotein profile is usually required.
High Blood Sugar
Risk of developing diabetes increases with age, and men are at a higher risk compared to women. This risk is further heightened depending on other factors that your doctor will discuss with you. Blood testing can assess your ability to metabolise sugar and whether you are at risk of, or indeed already have, diabetes, which has lifelong implications for your health if not actively managed.
A physical exam for men may include:
Testicular Examination – this includes a complete physical exam of the groin and genital organs checking for the presence of lumps, masses, tenderness, swelling, shrinking or other abnormalities.
Hernia Examination – we may check for weakness in the abdominal wall between the intestines and scrotum.
Prostate Exam - a rectal exam which allows the doctor to inspect the prostates’ size and palpate for any suspicious lumps which can guide further investigations if necessary.