At Health Development & Restorative Medicine, PC, we provide comprehensive men’s health services while making you feel at ease and comfortable with your body and any health concerns you may have.
What are the biggest concerns regarding men’s health?
As a group, men tend to avoid discussing their health or any concerns they have with anyone, including their doctors. However, putting off physical exams and preventive screens can allow underlying conditions to progress if left untreated. As men age, there are several common conditions that men are at higher risk of developing and they include:
- Colon cancer
- Heart disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Liver disease
- Low testosterone disorders
- Prostate cancer
Though some conditions increase risk with age, it is important to receive regular medical care regardless of how old you are.
How does your lifestyle affect your health?
Certain factors such as genetics and family history can impact your health, but your lifestyle can be the most significant factor in your health. If you smoke, don’t exercise regularly, and eat an unbalanced diet you can increase your risk of developing serious health conditions.
Fortunately, we are here to help lower your risk by offering lifestyle recommendations based on your health. We will work with you to develop a wellness program that fits your lifestyle while addressing your health concerns and needs. Some of our recommendations may include:
- Beginning a well-rounded exercise routine
- Eating a more balanced diet rich in leafy vegetables and lean proteins
- Practicing better stress management
- Reducing alcohol intake and the usage of tobacco products
How often should you have a physical?
Men between the ages of 18-40 should have yearly physicals or medical examinations. These physicals will include preventive screenings for high blood pressure, cholesterol issues, and diabetes. If you are sexually active, you will also be screened for sexually transmitted diseases.
Men over the age of 40 should continue to get annual examinations, though these may be more frequent as they age. In addition to standard screenings, you may undergo a colonoscopy or other additional screenings to check for age-related conditions.
How can you lower your risk?
With annual physicals, routine screenings, and following our recommendations on lifestyle changes, you can successfully manage your health. Regular care also enables us to detect any developing conditions early on, increasing the effectiveness of treatment.
If you are at risk or currently have a health condition that needs attention, we will work with you to find the right treatment plan. Depending on the condition, your treatment may include therapies, medication, surgery, or referrals for a more specialized approach.
- Pap Smears
- Pelvic Exams
- Breast Exam
- Osteoporosis Screening
- STI Screening
A Pap Smear is a test that is usually performed yearly after a woman turns 21 or becomes sexually active. The test is a simple, quick collection of cells. While a Pap Smear is not a diagnostic test for cervical cancer, it can detect any abnormalities which can then lead to further testing.
What to expect during a Pap Smear
At the start of the exam, you will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist down. You will be given a medical gown and a half sheet to cover your lap. At the medical center office, there is an examination chair with stirrups at the end for your feet. You will position yourself in the chair, with your feet in the stirrups, so that you can be examined. An instrument, called a speculum, is lubricated and inserted into the vagina. This tool allows the doctor to have a clear path to the cervix. It is important to remember to relax and breath. This will relax the muscles of the vagina and allow for an easier examination by the medical professional.
After the speculum is inserted, a tiny, thin bristle brush is used to collect some tissue from the back of the cervix. Most women do not feel anything besides a light sensation when this is performed while some experience a feeling similar to menstrual cramps. From here, the medical professional places the sample in a small tube to be sent off to a laboratory for testing. The speculum is removed and the Pap Smear is over. A Pap Smear procedure only takes a few minutes to complete. After the Pap Smear is completed you can get dressed and conclude your medical examination.
Clinical breast exams are conducted during each exam to search for any changes in your breasts or unusual lumps. We will ask about your family history and if any members have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Annual mammograms begin at the recommended age of 40.
It is important that you conduct self-breast exams at home so that you can notice any changes in your breasts between visits.
Here at Health Development & Restorative Medicine, PC, we are proud to provide pediatric care to the little ones of our community! Our family medicine and medical aesthetics physicians specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating a variety of health issues in patients of all ages.
Pediatric care is important to ensure the proper development and growth in children. We are your one-stop-shop for all of your child’s health care needs. From well check ups and immunizations to sports physicals and treatment for illness, we are here to help your child experience a healthy life.
Here at Health Development & Restorative Medicine, PC, we specialize in treating patients with diabetes and helping them manage their condition to best experience a happy and healthy life. Whether you are experiencing chronic fatigue, frequent urination, or suspect you may have nerve damage, we are here to help.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can be a dangerous condition as those who have it typically do not display symptoms. While those with high blood pressure may not experience any pain or discomfort, their condition could still be life-threatening.
There are a variety of reasons why you may need to see a foot doctor. The musculoskeletal system of the feet, ankles, and lower legs involve many different parts that have to work together in unison to create smooth and pain-free movement. If any of these parts are not functioning properly, the whole system can suffer!
One of your most vital vital-organs is your heart. Without it, the oxygen brought in by your lungs would not be carried to other organs, like your brain. Your body would have a challenging time fighting off infections and viruses because your blood is also responsible for delivering white blood cells where they are needed. Under our compassionate and thorough care, you can rest easy knowing we take every step we can to help you stay as healthy as possible. If you would like to improve your cardiovascular health, call our office at (347) 810-9001 or book an appointment online.
Behavioral / Mental Health Services
Health Development and Restorative Medicine is excited to announce that we have partnered with Concert Health to provide integrated behavioral health services to our patients. At HDRM, we are committed to treating the whole person by addressing both your physical and emotional health needs. To learn more about the new behavioral health services available to you and your family, please talk to your provider today!