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International Men's Health Week


Dr. JepsonInternational Men’s Health Week begins June 11. In a sobering statistic the Center for Disease Control released in 2011 regarding men’s health is the fact that Women are 100 percent more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men.

According to Paul M. Jepson, M.D., local urologist, “Many medical problems are preventable and most are treatable. Lifelong checkups with your primary care provider are essential and become increasingly important as you get older. Men in our community need to have regular screenings for cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, vision, and hearing, which are just a few examples.” Dr. Jepson continued, “Heart disease, obesity, cancer, impaired mobility, memory, and injury are common medical problems in the aging male.”

Another common problem which men face as they age is erectile dysfunction. Regarding this issue Dr. Jepson said, “It’s a common and bothersome condition in older men and it’s usually the result of physical and not psychological conditions, and is more often than not easily treatable by your physician. As men age their hormone levels also steadily decrease and can contribute to a number of medical conditions besides erectile dysfunction, I highly recommend you make an appointment to see your primary care doctor. It could be a sign of a more serious condition.”

“Prostate conditions, paired with urinary symptoms are also common in elderly men and are generally, easily treatable with medication,” continued Dr. Jepson. “Men will typically live with a prostate condition for a long period of time and may actually have an aggressive form of prostate cancer which is a serious problem. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men besides lung cancer.”

Bottom line, healthy lifestyle choices for males are important at every age. The keys to healthy aging include daily vigorous physical activity, a healthy diet, optimal weight control, avoidance of tobacco and other risky behaviors, and a regular checkup with your doctor. 

If you don’t currently have a primary care physician you can call the Live Physician Directory at (800) 540-3911 and find the doctor that’s right for you.