Get the man in your life to go to the doctor

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) June is National Men’s Health Month, but sometimes it’s hard to get the men in your life to see the doctor. Dr. Justin Voorhees of Spectrum Health Internal Medicine explains some of the most common reasons men put off going to the doctor.

“I don’t have a health care provider.”
Spectrum Health Medical Group is accepting patients at many of its facilities, including Internal Medicine at 1300 Michigan St. NE in Grand Rapids.

“There’s probably nothing wrong with me.”
Chances are there is nothing wrong, but you owe it to yourself and your family to make sure to visit a primary care team. Some serious diseases don’t have distinct symptoms, including high blood pressure, which can cause heart attack and stroke. Other conditions that do not often show symptoms are high cholesterol and diabetes. Finding a health problem early can make a difference in the quality and length of your life.

“I have no time in my busy schedule.”
Many Spectrum Health primary care offices offer same-day appointments and extended hours to meet your scheduling needs. Time with an experienced health care team provides you with greater possibilities for your health, which means more time with your family and doing things you love to do.

“I don’t want to hear what I might be told.”
Your primary care team wants to help you stay healthy for a lifetime, and can facilitate screenings based on your health history conversation. Some men’s health concerns can be treated more effectively if they are caught early. Spectrum Health Medical Group’s experienced primary care providers work in close collaboration with leading specialists to create a medical team dedicated to your care.

Low Testosterone

One condition that you may be hearing more about when it comes to men’s health is low testosterone. Testosterone is a male sex hormone that helps produce and maintain adult male features.

The symptoms of low testosterone are weight gain, low energy, and decreased sex drive. They are also symptoms of other complex medical conditions like sleep apnea, depression, and heart disease. So it’s important to talk with your primary care provider about your health.

Low T is a controversial and complex condition that the collaborative team at Spectrum Health Medical Group can assist in treating. All of the related specialties – urology, cardiology and endocrinology – are in-house, and your health information is available to all members of your treatment team, making it easier to coordinate your care.

Before using any advertised products or visiting a low T clinic for treatment, consult a primary care physician. If necessary, they can refer you to a Spectrum Health Medical Group urologist who specializes in men’s health issues.

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