Men's Health: Screenings and Low Testosterone
Men's Health Screenings
Before the age of 50, as long as they are fit and have no pre-existing health conditions, men only need to go to the doctor every three to five years, except for athletes who need to have yearly physical exams before participating in competitive sports. After 50, it is recommended that men begin seeing their primary care provider at least once a year.
Starting at age 50, adults need to begin getting colonoscopies every ten years to screen for colorectal cancer. It is important for men to establish a primary care physician early on, to get a baseline of their health condition and develop a trusting relationship with their provider.
Jade Breeback, a certified physician assistant at Cone Health Primary Care & Sports Medicine at MedCenter Kernersville, spoke on Fox 8 House Call about how screening recommendations for men.
As men get older, the amount of testosterone the body produces starts to decrease, often causing fatigue and/or a decrease in libido.
There are two primary forms of treatment:
- injections - need to be taken every two weeks, but they can be done from home once the man is comfortable administering the injection himself
- topical gel - rubbed onto the skin daily
If you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms of low testosterone, talk to your primary care provider about testing and treatment. While this condition is common, it’s also easy to test for and to treat.
Dr. Evan Corey, a sports medicine specialist at Cone Health Primary Care at MedCenter Kernersville and a member of Cone Health Medical Group, spoke on Fox 8 House Call about low testosterone in men.