AT AHG SUPER CLINIC OUR GP’S UNDERSTAND THE VERY SPECIFIC HEALTH ISSUES WHICH CAN AFFECT MEN AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF LIFE
We provide a comprehensive range of check-ups for men of all ages. We suggest health checks are performed more frequently and more thoroughly with age.
Unfortunately men in general are not as healthy as women, with a shorter life expectancy. Men tend to visit the doctor less frequently, have shorter visits and attend in the later stages of illness, meaning that diseases are often not detected early.
HOW TO LOWER CHOLESTEROL
- Eating a healthy diet and regular exercise can help to lower the level of cholesterol in your blood
- Eating a healthy diet can help lower your cholesterol.
- Adopting healthy habits, such as eating a healthy balanced diet and exercising, will also help to prevent your cholesterol levels from becoming high in the first place
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners recommends that you regularly review with your doctor or specialist any medications you are taking for high blood pressure or high cholesterol to assess the ongoing benefits and risks. For further information, visit the Choosing Wisely Australia website.
FOODS CONTAINING CHOLESTEROL
Some foods contain cholesterol. This type of cholesterol is called ‘dietary cholesterol’. Foods such as kidneys, eggs and prawns are higher in dietary cholesterol than other foods.
The cholesterol found in food has much less effect on the level of cholesterol in your blood than the amount of saturated fat that you eat.
EATING A HEALTHY DIET AND REGULAR EXERCISE CAN HELP LOWER YOUR CHOLESTEROL.
If your doctor has advised you to change your diet to reduce the level of cholesterol in your blood, the most important thing to do is to cut down on saturated fat. It’s also a good idea to increase your intake of fruit, vegetables and fibre.
FATS AND CHOLESTEROL
There are two main types of fat saturated and unsaturated. Eating foods that are high in saturated fat can raise cholesterol levels in the blood.
Foods high in saturated fat include:
- meat pies
- sausages and fatty cuts of meat
- hard cheese
- cakes and biscuits
- foods containing coconut or palm oil
Eating foods that contain unsaturated fat instead of saturated fat can actually help reduce cholesterol levels.
Try to replace foods containing saturated fats with foods that are high in unsaturated fats, such as:
- Oily fish (for example, mackerel and salmon)
- Nuts (for example, almonds and cashews)
- Seeds (for example, sunflower and pumpkin)
- Vegetable oils and spreads (for example, sunflower, olive, corn, walnut and rapeseed oils)
Trans fats can also raise cholesterol levels. Trans fats can be found naturally at low levels in some foods, such as those from animals, including meat and dairy products. Artificial trans fats can be found in hydrogenated fat, so some processed foods such as biscuits and cakes will contain trans fats.
As part of a healthy diet, try to cut down on foods containing trans fats or saturated fats, and replace them with foods containing unsaturated fats.
You should also reduce the total amount of fat in your diet. Try microwaving, steaming, poaching, boiling or grilling, instead of roasting or frying. Choose lean cuts of meat and go for low-fat varieties of dairy products and spreads (or eat just a small amount of full-fat varieties).
FIBRE AND CHOLESTEROL
There are two different types of fibre: soluble fibre and insoluble fibre. Most foods contain a mixture of both.
Soluble fibre can be digested by your body (insoluble fibre cannot), and it may help reduce the amount of cholesterol in your blood.
Good sources of soluble fibre include:
- fruit and vegetables
Try to include more of these foods in your diet. Aim to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day.
There’s evidence that foods containing certain added ingredients, such as plant sterols and stanols, can reduce levels of cholesterol in the blood.
Sterols and stanols can be found in specially developed products, such as some spreads and yoghurts.
These foods are aimed at people who need to lower their cholesterol levels. People who don’t have high cholesterol shouldn’t eat these products regularly, particularly children and pregnant or breastfeeding women.
If your doctor has told you that you have high cholesterol, you can lower it by changing your diet without having to eat special products.
If you do eat foods that are designed to lower cholesterol, read the label carefully to avoid eating too much.
An active lifestyle can help to lower cholesterol levels. Activities can range from walking and cycling, to more vigorous exercise such as running and dancing. Doing 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week can improve your cholesterol levels.
Moderate-intensity aerobic activity means you’re working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat.
One way to tell whether you’re working at a moderate intensity is if you can still talk but you can’t sing the words to a song.
MALE PATTERN BALDNESS
AHG Super clinic in association with Cosmétique have Perth’s greatest expertise with male pattern baldness. We have achieved greater than 99% success rate in treatment of male pattern baldness. Male-pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss. For a few men, this process starts as early as the late teens. By the age of 60, most men have some degree of hair loss.
The first stage of male-pattern baldness is a receding hairline.
Some men aren’t troubled by this at all. Others, however, suffer great emotional distress associated with a lack of self-esteem and, in some cases, depression. Male-pattern baldness is usually inherited and also affects women. It’s caused by oversensitive hair follicles. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is produced by the male hormone testosterone, and it causes the follicles to shrink and eventually stop functioning. The involvement of testosterone in balding has led to the myth that going bald is a sign of virility. But men with male-pattern baldness don’t have more male hormones than other men. Their hair follicles are simply more sensitive to the hormones.
Male-pattern baldness is so called because it tends to follow a set pattern. The first stage is usually a receding hairline, followed by thinning of the hair on the crown and temples.
MALE-PATTERN BALDNESS IS USUALLY INHERITED AND ALSO AFFECTS WOMEN.
Male-pattern baldness is usually inherited and also affects women. When these two areas meet in the middle, it leaves a horseshoe shape of hair around the back and sides of the head. Eventually, some men go completely bald. Male-pattern baldness is not a disease, so it won’t affect your health. However, if it’s causing you distress, consult your doctor to get a diagnosis.
As a general rule, it’s easier to maintain existing hair than to regrow it, and once the hair follicle has stopped working it cannot be revived.
HAIR TRANSPLANT @ COSMÉTIQUE BY AHG
Cosmétique has a faculty of highly qualified doctors who specialise in minimally invasive hair transplantation. Using the latest technical advances and micro-transplant techniques, we can create natural results that boost your confidence. Our hair transplant clinic has over 99.8% success rate
Erectile dysfunction, or impotence, means not being able to get or keep an erection that is sufficient for sexual intercourse. Many men have impotence at some time in their lives. It can come and go.
Erectile dysfunction and impotence can be caused by either physical or psychological factors. Impotence can have a range of causes, both physical and psychological. Physical factors that can cause impotence include:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Prostate disease
- High blood pressure
- Under-active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)
- Some medicines
Psychological factors that can cause impotence include:
- Unresolved problems, conflicts or issues within a sexual and emotional relationship.
- Anxiety about sexual performance (this is most common at the start of a new relationship, if a man has had previous problems with sexual performance)
It is common for a man who is impotent to be affect by a combination of physical and psychological causes.
ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION AND IMPOTENCE TREATMENTS
For physical causes, your doctor may suggest medicines or other treatment options. Treating erectile dysfunction that is caused by psychological factors could involve counselling, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, or sex therapy undertaken with your partner.
You may need treatment for both physical and psychological causes of impotence. Erectile dysfunction can usually be managed, so you can expect a positive result from treatment. Medicines for erection problems should be obtained only from an authorised Australian prescriber, such as your doctor, specialist nurse or erectile specialist. Medicines bought on the internet may be of poor quality and may contain ingredients that are not safe when taken in combination with other medicines you are on. They may also be unsafe due to other health problems you have.
The prostate is a small gland in the pelvis that is found only in men. About the size of a walnut, it is located between the penis and the bladder. It surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis.
The main function of the prostate is to help in the production of semen. The prostate produces a thick white fluid that is then liquefied by a special protein known as ‘prostate-specific antigen’ (PSA). The fluid is mixed with sperm, produced by the testicles, to create semen.
Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells within the prostate grow in an uncontrolled way. It is the most common cancer in men and the chances of developing this type of cancer increase with age. The symptoms don’t usually appear until the cancer has grown large enough to put pressure on the urethra and can include:
- needing to urinate more frequently, often during the night
- needing to rush to the toilet
- difficulty in starting to urinate (hesitancy)
- straining or taking a long time while urinating
- a weak flow while urinating
- feeling that your bladder is not completely empty once you have urinated
These symptoms should be investigated by your doctor, but they don’t mean you have prostate cancer. Many men’s prostates get larger as they get older due to a non-cancerous condition known as ‘benign prostatic hyperplasia’ or prostate enlargement.
DEPRESSION IN MEN
Nothing is more likely to bring a man out in a cold sweat than asking him to talk about his emotions. So how can you spot if your mate’s depressed?
Changes in behaviour are often a sign that something’s up. Many men hate talking about their feelings because it makes them feel exposed. But if a mate is under stress or feeling depressed, it will help if he talks about it. There are ways you can get him to open up. Depression isn’t just about feeling sad or frustrated. It’s about feeling out of control, powerless to handle emotions and unable to see a way out. It can hit anyone at any age and can be triggered by any number of things that can go wrong in our lives.
It might be a relationship break-up, bullying at school or work, loneliness, or drug or alcohol abuse. There’s often no obvious cause. So if a friend doesn’t seem to have been himself lately, consider the following points.
1. Does he seem moody?
Men often disguise bigger, personal problems by complaining about life’s little nuisances. If he’s going on and on about the weather or last night’s TV, and if you’re worried about him already, it could be a sign that something deeper is wrong.
2. Has his routine changed?
Is he missing footy when he used to be on the pitch every Sunday? Has he stopped coming out to the pub or suddenly started going clubbing three times a week? Radical changes in behaviour are often a sign that something’s up.
3. Is he acting strangely?
See how he talks to other people. Does he snap at co-workers? Has he suddenly become more shy or more confident? Is he drinking much more than he normally does?
If you think something might be wrong, you’ll have to do something many men don’t want to do: have a serious conversation with your mate.
What can you do to help?
You don’t have to say anything clever or have all the answers, but you do need to listen. Here are some tips for helping a friend through difficult times:
- Get him talking: The biggest hurdle can be getting on to the subject in the first place. Let your mate know you want to help, but do it in a non-confrontational way.
- Don’t wade in: Don’t start off by asking him directly what the problem is, whether it’s work or women. You’ll make him defensive.
- Try a stealth approach instead: Ask him whether he’s OK. Tell him you’ve been a bit worried about him recently. Or ask him if he wants to go for a drink to talk about it (tell him the drinks are on you)
- Go somewhere discreet: Don’t try to talk in your local pub if other mates are around. And definitely don’t try to talk seriously if you’ve both had too much to drink.
- Ask questions rather than offering answers: The psychiatrist’s trick is to ask open questions and let the patient do the talking. Ask about how whatever is bothering him started, how the problem has made him feel and whether he’s spoken to anyone else about it.
- The hardest part is remembering not to offer advice: Don’t tell your mate what to do, just ask more questions. It’s the talking that’s the therapy, not anything you suggest. If you start lecturing or judging him, he’ll be defensive. And your advice could be wrong.
- Keep it serious: It’s tempting to make the situation into a joke because it will help you avoid an awkward conversation. But this isn’t a good time to joke. It might seem like you’re not taking his problems seriously.
- Make sure you’re OK yourself: Sharing someone else’s troubles can be stressful. Be sure you’re fit enough for the job before you get involved.
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