Men have unique health needs, which is why seeing a doctor who specializes in men’s health is critical. Dr. Gonzalo Martinez is a family medicine and medical aesthetics specialist who diagnoses and treats health issues specific to men. These include testicular and prostate cancer and low testosterone. Call Joshua Medical Group in Palmdale, California to learn more or book an appointment online.
Men’s health care includes screening, preventing, diagnosing, and treating health conditions specific to men. During men’s wellness checkups, Dr. Martinez screens for and manages:
Leading causes of death for men in the United States are heart disease, cancer, and accidents. Just over 12% of American men ages 18 and older are in poor or fair health, and over 32% of men aged 20 and older have high blood pressure (a major heart disease risk factor).
During your men’s wellness checkup, Dr. Martinez details which health screenings you’ll need based on your age, lifestyle, and risk factors. These may include:
Heart disease is a leading cause of death in men, which is why regular cholesterol and blood pressure screenings are vital. Treating these conditions early lowers your risk for heart disease. Dr. Martinez may also check blood sugar to screen for diabetes.
Dr. Martinez may recommend sexually transmitted disease (STD) tests if you’re sexually active. He’ll screen for Chlamydia, HIV, and other STDs if you’re at risk, and treat or manage these conditions before serious health problems arise. Early detection is important.
If you’re 50 or older -- or younger than 50 in some instances -- Dr. Martinez may recommend regular colorectal cancer screenings to check for early signs of cancer. He’ll talk with you to determine which colorectal screening test is the best fit.
Dr. Martinez lets you know how often to get screened for prostate cancer (a prostate exam) and completes a testicular exam during your routine men’s wellness visit.
Mental health screenings are essential for men since men are 3.5 times more likely than women to die from suicide. Symptoms of depression in men are often treated with medications, counseling, or lifestyle modification strategies.
During a yearly men’s wellness exam, Dr. Martinez goes over your medical history and conducts a thorough head-to-toe examination. He’ll discuss which health screenings are appropriate, and diagnose and treat medical conditions.
When you’re ready for your next men’s wellness checkup, call Joshua Medical Group today or book an appointment online.