Men have a specific set of health needs yet are often reluctant to schedule routine physical exams and screenings. At Family Clinic in Houston and Katy, Texas, Jennifer Gwozdz, MD, and her team offer outstanding men’s health services in an environment that is warm and welcoming. There’s no need to book an appointment in advance, and extended hours are available to help you get the care you need at a time that fits your busy schedule.
Just as women have a distinct set of medical needs, men also have specific needs that require special care. A men’s health exam provides an opportunity for you to receive the routine screenings you need to stay healthy and to discuss any concerns you have with a trained medical professional.
Low testosterone is an example of a specific men’s health issue. As you age, your body naturally produces less of this essential hormone. As your levels decline, you can experience a wide range of changes, including weight gain, decreased sex drive, hair loss, fatigue, decreased bone mass, and more.
Prostate cancer is another male-specific issue. Routine screening is the best way to catch prostate cancer in the earliest stages and begin a treatment plan that is right for you.
Research shows that men are more likely than women to smoke, consume alcohol, and make unhealthy or risky choices. They are also more likely to postpone or avoid seeing a doctor, which is a dangerous combination.
Men face numerous health risks, including:
The best way to stay healthy is to know where you stand and make lifestyle improvements where needed. Routine health checks are a central part of that process.
The first portion of your exam will include a discussion about your personal and family health history. Be prepared to give details about any health issues you’ve had and your overall lifestyle. This is the time to be as open and honest as possible. Dr. Gwozdz is best equipped to help you when she has the information needed to assess your current condition.
Be sure to bring in a list of any medications or supplements you are currently taking. Include dosage information and an estimate of how long you’ve been using those medications.
If you have questions or concerns, write them down and bring them in. It’s easy to forget questions during your exam, and having them in writing helps you make the most of your visit.
Finally, come in with an open mind and a willingness to listen to the advice you are given during your exam. Following suggestions on how to improve your health and wellness can pay off in numerous ways and help you live a long and healthy life.
When you’re ready to get started, come by for an exam. There’s no need to book an appointment or call ahead, and there are extended hours to make it easier to fit a visit into your busy schedule.