Men are famous for ignoring their health problems, and complaining about their aches and pains somehow seems to make them seem like less of a man. And according to urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar, that’s one reason men are much more likely than women to avoid going to the doctor.
In fact, research shows that three out of four people who have not seen a doctor in more than five years are men. Men scoff at going to the doctor because it makes them appear dependent needy. And while this attitude is admirable in some other areas of life, it can be fatal when it comes to health.
Following are some subtle symptoms men should never ignore or dismiss:
A lot of men take a laxative to relieve their constipation. But this condition can be a sign of a tumor in the lower bowel that is stopping waste from exiting the body. If the constipation remains for more than a few days a visit to your urologist Des Moines is in order.
Painful urination. This is nothing to ignore, as it may be a symptom of an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer.
Odd-looking freckles. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women alike, and the rates are skyrocketing. A strange-looking freckle or mole that you noticed recently or that is irregular in shape should always be checked out by your urologist Des Moines.
Chronic indigestion. Occasional heartburn is nothing to be concerned about, but if you suffer from chronic acid reflux at least two times per week you may be suffering from gastro-esophageal reflux, which can lead to inflammation, bleeding, and ulcers of the esophagus. In some cases it can even cause esophageal cancer.
Unquenchable thirst. Constant thirst can signal diabetes. Other symptoms include frequent urination, extreme hunger, unexplained weight loss or gain, nausea, and blurred vision. Every man should get a simple annual blood test at his urologist’s office to measure glucose levels and diagnose diabetes.
Erectile dysfunction. A recent study indicated that men who suffered from ED in their 40s or 50s were 50 times more likely to experience heart trouble later in life than those who don’t. So if you suffer from ED, you should have a thorough cardiac exam.
While snoring can be an annoyance — especially to a bed partner – it can also be a sign of sleep apnea, so if you snore regularly you should see a doctor.
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms – don’t wait – call the office of urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar today to schedule a confidential consultation.