Men’s Health

Gentlemen, if you’re not exercising 150 minutes a week and if your waist is 37 inches, then be aware!

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Did you know, men who don’t get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week, who don’t eat 5 portions of fruit and veggies a day, who consume more than 14 units of alcohol every week and whose waist size is 37 inches or above – are at an increased risk of heart diseases, diabetes, and cancer?

It is no secret that men are often reluctant to talk about their health or see a doctor. But the importance of seeing your doctor or healthcare specialist cannot be overlooked.

Many men find it difficult to follow a healthy and active life claiming their lifestyle to be very busy. But the fact remains that you can’t afford to live with health conditions or signs and symptoms of serious illnesses. Some of the conditions develop into more severe diseases and complexities. For example: overweight conditions, hypertension and high blood cholesterol over time translate into cardiovascular infections and diseases.

This is where yearly physicals with your primary care physician become essential. The annual screening — of weight, pulse, the degree of cholesterol in your blood and many other items– gives your physician the much-needed input to keep you healthy and going even in your busy life.

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EPIC Primary Care provides the best of healthcare services – including diagnosis, yearly physicals, and care, attention and treatment – to help you effectively manage your chronic diseases and conditions.

EPIC experts help you in a simple structured manner by providing you with proper education about your health condition via our personalized health optimization program.

Our solutions aim to help you lose weight, get the right nutrition, indulge in the right physical activities, and keep all your vitals under control.

EPIC Health is devoted to the communities we serve. Each of our locations is a community-focused patient healthcare center that provides comprehensive and integrated healthcare support and services to all our patients for highest quality outcomes. Our mission is to provide convenient, affordable, and easily accessible healthcare services to individuals and families in our community. Combining advanced technology with latest diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, cutting-edge practices, innovative research, and a strong network of highly qualified physicians, nurses and allied health professionals, we strive to provide exceptional, high-quality care to all our patients. This has helped us evolve, over the years, from a “traditional” clinic to a comprehensive and integrated healthcare center.

Our hand-picked and aggressively trained Advanced Care Team (ACT) works around the clock to provide the finest, yet thoughtful, care to thousands of patients every day. Our ACT healthcare model consists of a team of various healthcare providers like physicians, advanced practitioner providers, diagnostics team members, dieticians, exercise physiologists, behavioral health counselors, and pharmacists who provide integrated Personalized Augmented and Comprehensive (PAC) care with touch points throughout the continuum of care.

All our locations and specialties are digitally connected to streamline care and continuity for improved health outcomes and uninterrupted communication. Being recognized year after year by many top national and local institutions for having some of the highest quality scores in patient healthcare delivery, we are helping people, and communities as a whole, live healthier, fuller lives. Within a short span of time, EPIC Health has become an integral part of the communities we serve. Our comprehensive and integrated health centers across Detroit, Southfield, and Ferndale deliver streamlined, continuous care. We pride ourselves in being the primary source of care for thousands of families and highly complex groups.

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What are the top health concerns of men?
Men face some unique health challenges, particularly as they age. While men and women often suffer from the same adverse health conditions, men suffer from many common ailments at an earlier age. A few possible reasons for this are hormones, heredity and often, men do not pay as much attention to maintaining their health as do women. Prostate cancer, testicular cancer, colorectal cancer, skin cancer, hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes, glaucoma, HIV are some of the top concerns for men.
Why do men die younger than women?
Although the life-expectancy gap between men and women has decreased, women still live 5.2 years longer than men. Here, several factors work against men. They tend to smoke and drink more than women. And they often don’t seek the medical attention when there is a need.

Also, there are many health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and low testosterone. Some men also define themselves by their work, which can add to their stress.

What can I do to stay healthy and prevent disease?
Men need to make some extra efforts to stay healthy as they grow older. They should focus on eating proper foods, exercising and seeing a doctor for regular health checkups. A healthy lifestyle goes a long way toward reducing the risk of developing serious health problems.
What types of health screenings can I do myself without going to the doctor?
Everyone should schedule regular checkups with a doctor and receive age-appropriate screenings to improve their health and reduce premature death and disability. You should consult your health care provider about the benefits of early screenings, especially if you are a member of a high-risk group or have a family history of some serious medical condition.
We all feel 'down' from time to time, but how do I know if I’m depressed?
Your emotional and mental health influences everything in your life, from relationships to career and how long you live. Depression is one of the most common diseases, affecting more than six million men in the U.S.

But as common as depression is, it’s also one of the most misunderstood diseases. Many people believe, for example, that depression is a normal part of life. However, if you experience its symptoms for more than two weeks, or if you feel that any of these symptoms are interfering with your life, see a doctor right away. Not getting the help will only worsen the condition. If untreated, it can lead to social problems, violence or suicide.

What do I do if I think I have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease (STD)?
Sexually active adults who consider themselves at risk for STDs should be screened for HIV, syphilis, chlamydia and other STDs.
Are there special health concerns an African-American man need to be aware of?
Although all men in general live shorter and lead a less healthy lifestyle than women, African-American men and some other minorities are at a greater risk of early death and developing certain medical conditions.

African-American men, for example, suffer the worst health of any major population group in the United States, living an average of 6 years less than white men. The reasons, for this are complex, but include lack of health insurance or affordable health care, greater exposure to violence and other hereditary factors.

African-American men are five times more likely to die of HIV/AIDS than white men. African-American men have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world. They are about 30% more likely than white men to suffer a stroke and 40% more likely to die from it.

African American men are more likely to develop cancer than men from any other racial or ethnic group. They also have a far higher death rate from most cancers, including oral and lung cancer.