Rise Mens Health guide to Physical Exams and Low testosterone: 4 things men should know

Physical Exams and Low Testosterone: 4 Things Men Should Know

If Knowledge is power and Content is King, empowering men with thorough health reports can be a game-changer. This is why we offer our Comprehensive Physical Exams along with our Testosterone Replacement Therapy.

Rise Men’s Health is leading the charge to change men’s health care with our in-office comprehensive exam and our Online eTRT Treatment Platform.

When comparing men and women, patterns prove that men have a tendency to avoid a greater amount of doctor visits, recommended testing & screenings. The statistics speak for themselves. Guys spend more years in bad health, die sooner, and have a higher rate of suicide.

Women, of course, are faced with their own array of disadvantages and struggles with health and the system as a whole, such as medical misunderstandings, lack of research on certain issues and body systems, and many more. But patterns show they tend to visit doctors and medical specialists much more often and consistently throughout their lives when compared to men.

Utilization of Care & Communication with Providers 

There is an extensive amount of research and studies on the dynamic of men’s vs. women’s health in the United States. The publication Out of Touch: American Men and the Health Care System focuses on the disparities of the utilization of health services and relationships with providers between genders.

They studied more than 4,000 U.S. men and women and found that 24% of the men had not seen a physician within the previous year, compared to 8% of the women. Also, 33% of the men did not have a regular doctor for check-ups or medical advice, versus 19% of the women.

Communication between patients and doctors was also a concern. When asked about how comfortable they were discussing feelings with doctors, one of five men stated they were either “not at all” or “not very.”

10% of the men that reported having a regular doctor stated that talking with their doctor is either “very” or “somewhat” difficult for them. Source

Rise desires to break the common barriers of communication between patients and doctors by providing a comfortable environment. Your overall health is our priority, and your health concerns should not be an embarrassing or difficult conversation.

We also strive to make your visits as convenient as possible to best fit your health needs and a busy schedule, while ensuring the highest quality testing and treatments.

What do the Comprehensive Medical Exams Include?

Our comprehensive exams are the best way to identify potential medical problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and common men cancers like Prostate, Colon, and Skin (melanoma) before they become more serious.

These telehealth appointments include an update of your health history, a head-to-toe physical examination, and bloodwork: – which can include a testosterone level and qualify as an annual physical.

  • Services will fall under the Wellness benefits of your health insurance.
  • Self-pay price: $200.00
    • Includes Comprehensive Medical Exam and Full Lab Panel.

What is Routine Bloodwork?

Know the facts and take action early. Our provider will order routine bloodwork that looks at Lipid, PSA, CBC, and testosterone.

Low testosterone can result in osteoporosis, high cholesterol, raised blood pressure, and mental health issues. Our research shows a 60% prevalence among obese men, a 47% prevalence of metabolic syndrome (heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes), and a 45% population of men with type 2 diabetes may also have low testosterone. Study, Study.

What are the common cancers in men?

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in the US. Study

How common is colorectal cancer in men?

According to cancer.org, for men, the overall risk of developing colon cancer is roughly one in 22. It’s important to screen for colon cancer if you have a family history as it is treatable and highly curable. Study

Can melanoma cause other cancers?

Yes, skin cancer can spread through tissues, blood, or lymph nodes and can make it past your immune system’s defense and settle in other organs. Pay attention to any strange moles or sunspots.

  • If you are working long hours in the sun, be sure to cover up.
  • If you’re out on the lake all weekend, be sure to put sunscreen on.

Skin cancer is the fifth most common cancer in men. Study

What is Low T?

Low Testosterone, (Clinically, Hypogonadism) (on the streets: Andropause, Manopause)

If you have low testosterone, your endocrine system glands and hormones are underperforming.

These glands produce hormones that regulate metabolism, muscle growth, tissue and bone function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood.

As mentioned above, Low T is highly correlated to the list of metabolic syndrome ailments.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy should be viewed as a marathon, not a sprint

There are dozens of studies and cited research confirming the metabolic condition in men like diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. It is important to understand that feeling better may be gradual. Studies have validated that general symptomatic relief can be felt as soon as 3-4 weeks, but we typically advise our patients that a noticeable relief (libido, muscle mass, etc.) will begin to show up after 6 weeks.

You might notice when you’re in the office John, Jill and our staff will continuously ask you “how are you feeling” – we want you to really express if your protocol should be adjusted. There tends to be an exclusive focus on symptom improvement in the medical field while neglecting the wide range of health benefits from Testosterone Replacement Therapy.

“Feeling better” after 3-6 months might lead to these important health benefits being underestimated. Study, Study, Study, Study.

Men’s Health Trends

rise mens health rate of chronic illness in men

The American Academy of Family Physicians published an alarming study in 2016 focused on men’s health trends. One of its many highlights stated that between 2007-2016 there was a strong upward trend in men being diagnosed with the chronic conditions listed in the chart below, with nearly half of men having at least one of them. They also found that the rates for these conditions are far lower for women. Source.

Insured vs. Uninsured Men

Uninsured men have a 3x greater risk of not receiving necessary health services and basic primary care. 5% of men with health insurance report a time in which they did not receive necessary care, compared to 17% of men without health insurance. Source.

This is one reason why Rise offers all of our health services at the best price possible for those who are uninsured, while also accepting all major insurances. We are upfront with all charges before we go through with your necessary services/treatments, and if you choose to use insurance we can also check your co-pay beforehand.

At Rise, we strive to provide a more comfortable and welcoming environment that enables you to take charge of your health.

Whether you prefer your physical exam to be done in our clinic, or to start testosterone replacement therapy in the comfort of your own home, Rise will provide you with the high-quality lab work, testing, and medical care you need in order to take control of your health!

Medically peer reviewed by Dr. Kenneth Lecroy, MD. Written by Our Editorial Team.

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If you do have low testosterone it can be easily treated and monitored via telehealth with the same level of care as you would receive in our traditional clinic setting in Roanoke, Texas. Give us a call if you have any questions!

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