The media floods us with news and alerts concerning women’s health, and this is no surprise considering the degree to which women are in tune with health issues. Unfortunately, a good percentage of men pay far less attention to their health, particularly the issue of preventative care. The good news is plenty of authoritative information is out there, and most of it focuses on the most common health problems men are likely to encounter. These include prostate cancer, decreasing virility, hair loss, and cardiovascular problems. One of the world’s largest charity events focusing on men’s health is the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride. It’s a motorcycle event with over 70,000 gentlemen participants, all of which ride for charity. This past September, our team at Dr. Rogers Centers supported men’s health by becoming a sponsor for the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride.
Considerable effort is being made to educate men on the possible health issues they may encounter as they age and mature. One of the most common male health problems is prostate cancer. The early warning signs are there, but they aren’t noticeable unless an examination is performed by a specialist. Even if the cancer is removed, lingering effects remain. Erectile dysfunction, a decrease in testosterone levels, and even hair loss can result from cancer. The information men need to make informed decisions concerning prostate cancer and its effects on overall health is available, and events such as the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride helped make it possible for this information to become more widely known.
Some men decide to take testosterone boosters. Maybe they are into weight lifting, maybe they are a professional athlete, or maybe they feel that taking these boosters will make them more virile and sexually desirable. In fact, there are grave dangers associated with the taking of these supplements, especially if they are taken long-term. Education is the key to understanding the long-term risks.
Sometimes it can be confusing separating the wheat from the chaff. Just as some of the herbal supplements can have stunningly positive effects for men, others are a waste of money and can actually be dangerous. The same is true for some of the revolutionary new treatments for male sexual dysfunction. For example, most of us have heard of platelet-rich plasma therapy. It can actually help accelerate tissue healing after an injury. However, it can also help with erectile dysfunction, especially if this is a symptom caused by a prior health problem such as prostate cancer. Injecting the plasma into the penis can actually help restore potency. This is known as the Priapus shot, or P-Shot®. Hair loss treatments have come a long way as well. The aforementioned platelet-rich plasma, combined with microneedling, can effectively reverse pattern baldness.
The best way to deal with possible health problems is to get the information available from reputable sites. The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride charity event helped with this by raising awareness, as well as needed dollars for research and education. Men don’t have to watch TV commercials to find out about health risks. They can go directly to the authoritative sources to get the information they need. You can also learn more information about men’s health services during a consultation at Dr. Rogers Centers, located on Redland Road in San Antonio. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started!