If you’re male, over the age of 18, and haven’t seen a physician in the past five years, you could be at increased risk for colon cancer, heart disease, and prostate cancer. Don’t play with your health: Primary care physician Dr. Wong is deeply experienced in men’s health issues and can develop a care plan that optimizes your health for years to come. Practicing at Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center in San Diego, California, Dr. Wong serves men across the metro area. Call or book an appointment online today.
As a group, men tend to avoid doctors at all costs. Unfortunately, putting off physical exams and screenings can cost you your good health, and maybe your life. If that sounds dramatic, consider that men are vulnerable to a host of diseases and chronic conditions, including:
As men age, they are at higher risk of developing these illnesses. That’s why regular medical care is so important for every man.
Apart from genetics and family history, lifestyle is the most significant shaper of men’s health. If you smoke, have a beer belly, don’t exercise, and eat an unhealthy diet, you are at a higher risk of developing chronic, degenerative diseases.
The good news is that you can considerably lower your risk by adopting healthier habits.Dr. Wong can help you develop a personalized wellness program that incorporates proper nutrition and exercise. Some changes Dr. Wong may suggest include:
Men between the ages of 18 and 39 should get yearly exams that include screenings for high blood pressure, cholesterol issues, and diabetes. Additionally, if you are single and sexually active, you should be screened for sexually transmitted diseases.
As men get older — 40 and above — regular exams are more critical. Beyond the standard screenings, Dr. Wong may recommend a colonoscopy, osteoporosis screening, and screening for prostate cancer.
If your examination and tests reveal that you are either at risk for or have developed a disease, Dr. Wong develops a personalized care plan. Depending on your diagnosis, your treatment plan could include wellness medicine and preventive measures, pharmaceutical therapies, or referrals for more specialized interventions, including surgery.
With regular care and exams, you can successfully manage — and even prevent — many of the chronic diseases that afflict men. Call or schedule an appointment online to meet with Dr. Wong, and create your roadmap for a lifetime of optimal health.