Do you remember the last time you went to a general practitioner for a yearly checkup? Well, it is very important to pay attention to the signs your body is showing, as they might indicate an underlying health condition(s). So, these signs or symptoms should be taken care of immediately.
A yearly visit to a primary care physician is sufficient for a healthy adult, while in cases of family history of any disease or an injury, a person must go for several regular checkups. Visiting a doctor regularly is as important for a healthy lifestyle as it is to follow a well-balanced diet and to exercise.
A man must immediately consult a doctor if he experiences the below symptoms, as they might signal some disorder or underlying health condition.
Here are the symptoms men must watch out for:
- Back Pain: Back pain might be a signal of some serious body issues. It could indicate muscle or spinal injury, infection, arthritis, onset of kidney stones, or cancer due to metastasis of tumors in the spinal cord.
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases recommends immediately visiting a doctor when you have moderate to severe back pain after an accidental fall/injury, persistent pain that doesn’t goes on its own, tingling, numbness, muscle ache, sharp tension accompanied by various other symptoms, such as numbness in the legs, trouble urinating, or significant weight loss.
- Erectile Dysfunction: Most of the men, at some point of time or other, experience erectile dysfunction in their lives. However, if this is a persistent and ongoing issue, it might indicate something serious within the body.
A man must consult a doctor if he has family history of erectile dysfunction or is at a risk of several cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack, depression or diabetes, all of these might seriously influence his ability to maintain erection.
- Urinary Troubles: Heading to a bathroom, too often or too less? It might indicate an overactive bladder. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a part of the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM), the prevalence, symptoms and the impacts caused by an overactive bladder are similar in both men and women.
Frequent urination might indicate diabetes, prostate cancer, or prostatic hyperplasia. Dr. Mehmet Oz advises to immediately visit a urologist if you are concerned about several genitourinary symptoms, such as frequently observing a weak urine stream, difficulty in starting to urinate, incontinent or dribbling urine.
- Snoring: Sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and almost one-third of a day is typically spent in sleeping. Snoring might be embarrassing, or it might seriously disturb others around, but it might also indicate several underlying health conditions. Snoring too much and too often might indicate sleep apnea.
It is important to treat sleep apnea which is a chronic sleep disorder wherein a person experiences breathing difficulties while sleeping. With time, if sleep apnea is left untreated, it might increase risk of several cardiovascular diseases, several heart problems, diabetes and high blood pressure.
- Sudden and unexplained weight loss or gain: A significant change in weight of a person within a short span of time might indicate some underlying health issue(s). A sudden weight loss might be experienced without being on a diet. This could be a result of depression, allergy, thyroid disorders, diabetes, or even cancer. So, it is very important to notice changes in weight and update your doctor about any sudden, unexpected and unexplained weight changes.