At North Texas Preferred Health Partners, we are committed to promoting men’s health and the practices that support your goals.
Focusing on cardiovascular health is the name of the game in primary care. When considering heart health, we focus on the five modifiable risk factors for each of our patients – high blood pressure, high cholesterol, presence of diabetes, presence of obesity and the use of tobacco. Addressing each item and aggressively minimizing its presence is key when reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Screening for cancer (or for abnormal cells that may become cancer) can detect cancer before symptoms appear and when cancer may be easier to treat. Several screening tests are recommended for men:
|Colon||Anyone between 45-75 years old
Anyone with family history of colorectal cancer
|FIT: annual stool test
Cologuard: every three-year stool test
Colonoscopy: every 1, 3, 5 or 10 years
|Lung||Anyone between 55-77 years old
Anyone who has smoked for 30 years
Anyone who still smokes or quit within last 15 years
|Annual low dose CT scan of chest|
|Prostate||Men over 50||PSA blood test; NOT rectal examination|
|Skin||Anyone with moles or family history of skin cancer||Annual skin screen with dermatologist|
Men present with anxiety and depression in unique ways. While women can express sadness with depression, or worry with anxiety, men often exhibit anger and irritability. Unfortunately, men are more likely to present with severe forms of depression and even contemplation of suicide. Men are more likely to treat our symptoms by indulging in alcohol or distracting ourselves in our work. At North Texas Preferred Health Partners, we make it a priority to focus on mental health and address various barriers. There are non-medication and medication approaches that we can safely use to manage symptoms of anxiety and depression. The first step in handling these symptoms is to make an appointment with your primary care provider to discuss your symptoms.
The prostate is notorious for causing problems as we get older – there is essentially no way to prevent it! The three most common issues are an enlarged prostate (BPH, benign prostatic hyperplasia), prostatitis (prostate infection) and prostate cancer.
Let’s face it, as we get older, our sexual function and interest change. At North Texas Preferred Health Partners, we regularly treat patients with erectile dysfunction, decreased libido or low testosterone. A thorough evaluation of your medical history and medication use can often lead us to understand why you are having certain challenges. There are several safe therapies that we can initiate in the office to improve your quality of life. If you are interested in further discussing your symptoms, please make an appt to see us in the office soon!
Annual physical/wellness examinations are vital to men’s health. These visits are important for early identification of risk factors, or anomalies, that may have a significant impact on your future health.
In addition, a wellness visit is a good time to review lifestyle habits, set up appropriate disease prevention services and age-appropriate vaccinations. This is also an ideal time for you and your doctor to discuss specific health issues, specific to men, such as prostate cancer screening, prostate enlargement, erectile dysfunction, and testosterone deficiency.
Many of the diseases that affect men can be prevented by healthy lifestyle habits. Some of these habits include healthy diet and consistent exercise, avoidance of smoking, keeping alcohol consumption to two or less per day, and reduction of stress.
Studies have shown that a high percentage of men wait, if possible, to see a physician. This may be attributed to just seeing if a condition will improve, trying to fit it into our busy work and family schedules, or simply just not wanting to have our personal space invaded. At North Texas Preferred Health Partners, we would like to reverse that trend to make sure that our male patients receive toplevel care.