Men’s Health Clinic Brisbane Northside
Are you looking for a specialist men’s GP in Brisbane? Men have unique health concerns that are often different from women and children. Men also interact with the medical system and their GP in different ways. We at Ubuntu Medical understands this. For example, in comparison to other groups of people, men visit the GP less often and generally only seek medical attention when their conditions are at later stages. Unfortunately, it is Men who also die at higher rates from most major illnesses (in comparison to women) and at younger ages.
Over 40s Health Check
If you are over the age of 40 then it is probably a good idea to get a medical health check up from your local GP. Research suggests that if you are between the ages of 44 and 66, this is the time of your life where there are risk factors for serious life threatening diseases. Now really is the time to get a check up from your local GP.
It is recommended that your health check discuss
- Skin checks
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Prostate checks
- Bowel cancer
Prostate Cancer Health Check
Prostate cancer is the 2nd most lethal cancer for Australian males over the past 10 years. The latest estimates suggest that 1 in 7 men in Australia will be diagnosed with this condition. With these statistics in mind it is important for men once they reach middle aged to get their prostate checked regularly by their GP. Sometimes there are no clear symptoms for aggressive prostate cancer. If it is diagnosed early, then survival rates are very high. Prostate screening generally occurs through a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test. However, the most accurate results occur through a biopsy. This tests involves the removal of small pieces of the prostate for examination. A digital rectal examination can also be done by the doctor to look for any abnormalities in the prostate.
Some lifestyle factors that have been linked to prostate cancer include
- Processed meat
- Red meat
- Milk products
- Low veggie intake
Your GP at Ubuntu Medical can help you to change your diet to reduce your chances of getting prostate cancer. The option of referrals to in house allied health professionals is also another option that you can talk with them about.
This men’s health condition is caused when an erect penis is not hard enough for sex. At Ubuntu Medical, we understand that this is a serious medical condition affecting men and their partners. The good news is that there are medical solutions the your GP can help you with.
Viagra is the most common brand on the market that people are aware of. It is very effective in treating mild – moderate erectile dysfunction. A cheaper option is to get prescribed Sildenafil (generic brand). These tablets will solve the problem for 70% of men.
For the other 30% of men an injection treatment Caverject is recommended, which has an 80% success rate. Expect erections to last for between 1-4 hours. Caverject can be purchased from a pharmacy for $20 per injection.
So what is the cause? The most common cause of erectile dysfunction is age not low testosterone. Although low testosterone will affect sexual libedo. As a man matures, their penile arteries will narrow caused by Atherosclerosis. If you do suffer from erectile dysfunction it is also important to check for risk of heart attack because there is a demonstrated link. Your GP should order the following tests (blood pressure, blood tests for lipids, kidneys and blood sugar levels).
Erectile dysfunction in younger men is caused mainly by psychological causes such as anxiety and concerns about sexual performance. A referral to a psychologist will be the recommended course of action. However, anecdotal evidence suggest that some young men have had success using the herbal supplement Horny Goat Weed, which you can get form your local pharmacy.
Men’s Mental Health
The popular Movember movement nominated men’s mental health and prostate cancer as the 2 health issues most affecting men in Australian society. Depression and anxiety affect 1 in 5 men at any given time. Some estimates suggest that up to 80% of men will suffer one of these mental health conditions at one point in their life.
The Australian government has recognised that mental health is a major problem and in 2006 introduced the Better Health Access To Mental Health where individuals can receive up to 10 Medicare rebatable sessions to see a psychologist every year. Visit your GP who will be able to write you a GP Mental Health Care Plan to enable you to these sessions. They will also be able to monitor your medication to determine whether you need to go on any anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication to complement therapy.