Did you know that men are 50% less likely to visit the doctor, compared to women of the same age? June is Men’s Health Month – an important time for men and those who care about them to reflect on their health, as well as consider opportunities to improve it.
Sometimes this means a focus on the elimination of bad habits, like a poor diet or a sedentary lifestyle. Other times, it means reaffirming a commitment to a health management plan with your healthcare provider.
Taking steps to improve your health has many benefits, including the enhancement of an area that society often ignores: male sexual health.
At Launch Medical, we are driven to help men better their lives through health education and innovative, at-home medical treatments. In the spirit of Men’s Health Month, we’d like to do our part to shine a light on the reality that men face as they grow older.
Men are at a significantly higher risk for many health conditions.
On average, men are significantly more likely to develop health conditions that negatively impact overall health, and more specifically, sexual health and performance. Why?
- Only 50% of men regularly see a physician for exams and check-ups, in part because many men feel that asking for help is a sign of weakness. (Source)
- 73.7% of men are considered overweight or obese. (Source)
- 15.3% of men regularly smoke tobacco products. (Source)
- Men are 2x more likely than women to engage in binge drinking. (Source)
- Men are more likely to engage in riskier behavior and lack health insurance. (Source)
Urologists have a key role to play.
According to the Wall Street Journal, one of the driving factors of disparity in how men and women engage with the healthcare system is the transition that many women experience as they regularly engage with a gynecologist after leaving their pediatrician.
A significant percentage of men do not see another physician after their pediatrician until reaching their 50’s or 60’s. This decades-long gap in medical care and monitoring means many treatable health conditions end up getting worse.
The driving concern that leads many men back to a physician is a struggle with ED or painful urination. These conditions are jarring enough to cause even the most resistant men to find a urologist. So, many healthcare systems are now asking urologists to serve as a “quarterback” in convincing men to also establish regular care with an internist.
The relationship between poor blood flow and poor health habits.
The reason that so many men seek the help of a urologist in their 50’s or 60’s is that the poor habits outlined above – smoking, excessive drinking, sedentary lifestyle, poor diet – all contribute to poor blood flow to the penis.
Poor blood flow to the penis is the leading cause of ED and other performance issues. Men naturally begin to lose blood flow to the penis around age 18, but the effects can be exacerbated by poor lifestyle choices – impacting 40% of men by their 40th birthday.
If you haven’t already, this is an excellent time to learn more about low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (Li-ESWT). The Phoenix allows every man to access this life-changing therapy from the comfort of home for the first time, without a trip to the doctor’s office, to enhance your sexual health by improving and restoring blood flow to the penis.
Next steps for men during Men’s Health Month
Every man should use the opportunity for reflection that Men’s Health Month provides to commit to simple, but powerful habits. We strongly recommend the following steps:
- Schedule an annual wellness exam.
- Request tests to measure your hormone levels – especially testosterone levels.
- Talk to your partner about your sexual performance – they may have noticed things you haven’t.
- Build time in your day to unwind and release stress – a 30-minute walk is a great start!