It’s Men’s Health Week!
It’s National Men’s Health Week!
June 9-15 is this year’s National Men’s Health Week and as Father’s Day approaches, it’s a good time for men to start thinking about their health. One common health challenge for men is they tend to put off regular checkups more often than women. Is this true for your clinic?
Some men will put off scheduling time with their doctor for logistical reasons – a lack of insurance, say, or a busy schedule – but others simply believe that they should either tough out their problems or don’t think there’s anything worth talking about. But even if they’re seemingly fine, there’s another good reason to call men into your office – their medication regimens.
Have any of your male patients had problems with side effects or ineffective medications? Drug-drug interactions and individual genetic variations can affect the metabolism of many medications commonly prescribed in men. This can put them at risk for side effects and treatment failure.
Cardiovascular and chemotherapeutic drugs are especially important. Many blood thinners (such as warfarin), antiplatelet agents (Plavix®), beta blockers (Toprol XL®) and statins are affected by drug-drug and drug-gene interactions. Many popular cancer drugs, such as fluorouracil or cyclophosphamide, can be affected as well. This is important because a huge proportion of the male population may end up needing these or similar medications. Studies have shown that middle-aged men are 2-5 times more likely to develop heart disease than middle-aged women and it’s estimated that one in two men will develop cancer in their lifetime.
How many of your male patients may be at risk? How many may be experiencing preventable side effects and simply trying to tough it out? Now’s the time to schedule those checkups!