June is Men’s Health Month: These Common Conditions Affect Many Men

By Evan Koch

June is Men’s Health Month and knowing the top health issues for men could save your life or the life of someone you love. That’s why it’s important to understand the common health conditions and concerns that affect men – from low testosterone, prostate health and heart disease, to colorectal cancer, joint pain and lung cancer.

Dr. Nathaniel Barnes, urologist affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, is passionate about raising awareness for urology-related conditions in men, such as prostate cancer, low testosterone and erectile dysfunction.

“We are well-positioned to diagnose and treat these problems,” said Dr. Barnes. “We are always striving to help men lead a happier and healthier lives.”

According to the Urology Care Foundation, about one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes, and erectile dysfunction affects as many as 30 million men.

“Prostate health can greatly impact many aspects of the health and wellbeing of men,” said Dr. Barnes. “It’s worth having the discussion with your doctor. Prostate cancer is the No. 2 leading cause of cancer death in men. Erectile dysfunction can be associated with other vascular and cardiovascular issues. When patients want to discuss erectile dysfunction, we have to go back to the basics such as an EKG or stress test. It’s typically more than an isolated issue.”

Another common issue that Dr. Barnes sees is low testosterone. Testosterone hormone levels are important to normal male functions. While testosterone can be important for normal sexual operations, having low testosterone can also cause fatigue, depression and could make men more prone to osteoporosis.

Dr. Barnes and his partners will soon be practicing at the new Memorial Hermann Medical Group (MHMG) Urology Associates Multi-Specialty clinic located in Lake Jackson, opening later this month. The clinic will be dedicated to treating patients suffering from low testosterone, kidney stones, erectile dysfunction, prostate conditions, overactive bladder, infertility and other conditions.

While June is a great time for men to look into their urologic health, it’s also a good opportunity to consider other important aspects of their health such as:

  • Heart Disease: More men die from heart disease than any other disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Top risk factors are smoking, diabetes, a diet high in fatty foods, obesity or being overweight, and an inactive lifestyle.

Various screenings and diagnostic services are available for those experiencing abnormalities. The sooner you seek a physician’s guidance, the sooner they will be able to provide proper treatment.

To schedule an appointment with a cardiologist, click here.

  • Lung Cancer: According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men. The good news is with proper screening and treatment, a lung cancer diagnosis can be treatable.

Find a pulmonologist near you.

  • Mental Health: While depression affects both men and women, the symptoms experienced may vary across genders. Men reportedly experience a number of symptoms, including loss of interest in activities they once found pleasurable, physical aches/pains and feeling tired. Men struggling with depression who are experiencing thoughts of suicide should seek immediate help from a professional.

Find out more about behavioral health treatment or to find a local outpatient mental health crisis clinic.

  • Back Pain: According to the National Center for Health Statistics, lower back pain is the most common type of pain reported by Americans, and the leading cause of disability for people under the age of 45.

Find out more about back pain or find a pain management specialist near you.

It’s important to have a partner in managing your health. With affiliated, board-certified primary care physicians and specialists across the Greater Houston area, Memorial Hermann can help you find the physician best for you – so you can be there for your loved ones.

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