Health Hub: Men's Health Month
Listen Up, Guys
June is Men’s Health Month
It’s true that life these days is busier, with more obligations, more unhealthy distractions than ever before. For Men’s Health Month, spare a little time in your schedule and knock out some self-care you might have been putting off. “Even men who are physically fit need an extra push to stay on top of the exams that indicate their overall wellness,” says Florida Hospital Medical Group’s Eduardo Hernandez, MD, a board-certified urologist in Apopka and Winter Garden.
Let’s look at a few basic screenings your primary care physician can perform in one appointment.
By the numbers
An annual physical is essential to monitor your three most vital statistics: cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure. A complete cholesterol test measures the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood to determine your risk of building up artery-blocking plaque. Blocked arteries can result in heart attacks and strokes. Meanwhile, blood sugar that is persistently higher than normal can lead to Type 2 diabetes, a major risk factor for heart disease. And, finally, about 75 million Americans have high blood pressure and only half of them have it under control. High blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke and can damage just about every other organ in your body, as well.
Prostate cancer is the second-most common type of cancer found in American men, right behind skin cancer. Each year more than 230,000 U.S. men will be diagnosed with this preventable, treatable cancer. The prostate is a gland below the man’s bladder that produces the fluid that carries sperm. “While prostate cancer is rare among men younger than 40, it is much more common in older men,” Dr. Hernandez says. “When caught early, however, this cancer is beatable, which is why regular physical exams that look for warning signs of prostate cancer are imperative for men over 50.”
Symptoms & signs of prostate cancer
The symptoms of prostate cancer may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
- Weak or interrupted flow of urine
- Urinating often (especially at night)
- Difficulty urinating or holding back urine
- Pain or burning when urinating
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Nagging pain in the back, hips or pelvis
- Painful ejaculation
Dr. Eduardo Hernandez
is an experienced urologist with advanced fellowship training in robotic-assisted urology procedures from the world-renowned Global Robotics Institute at Florida Hospital Celebration Health. To make an appointment call (407) 278-6278 or visit FHMedicalGroup.com.
Florida Hospital Medical Group is the Orlando area’s most comprehensive multi-specialty medical group practice. With nearly 600 board-certified physicians, our group provides patients with a broad range of medical and surgical services across more than 40 medical specialties.