Men, don’t be shy...
Here are 3 things you shouldn't be reluctant to bring up at your next doctor’s appointment.
Do you have any of these issues?
1. Your sex drive has taken a dip.
There are many things that can cause this. One of them is low testosterone (test-AH-stir-ohn). A blood test can tell your doctor if it’s low. If it is, the Journal of the American Medical Association found that decreased sleep can lower this level and going back to 8 hours can increase it again. Other things that increase testosterone are having sex, eating why protein, weight training and competition.
2. You have trouble urinating.
Here again there are several things that may cause this difficulty. Prostate cancer could be one of them. If you have the PSA (prostate specific antigen) test, realize only 1 in 4 men with high PSA levels have prostate cancer! If your level comes back high, ask for a repeat test before scheduling a biopsy. Other factors such as swelling or infection can raise your levels.
3. You think you might have erectile dysfunction (E.D).
Erectile dysfunction means that you have trouble getting and or maintaining an erection until the completion of the sex act. Stress, smoking, drinking alcohol, being overweight, and sedentary lifestyle may contribute to erectile dysfunction. To lower your chances of developing erectile dysfunction exercise regularly (it cuts the probability of developing it in half).
Even though these issues may be difficult to discuss, bringing them up can improve your health and maybe save your life.