Men's Health Tips

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David Lautz, MD, John Dowd, DO, and Louis Liou MD, PhD share important health tips for men

We asked three male physicians at Emerson to share their best health tips for men. Read on for their useful advice.  

Q: What are your best tips to stay healthy as we age? 

David Lautz, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Bariatric Surgeon, Emerson’s Center for Weight Loss 

A: The most common health challenge that most of us will face with aging is becoming overweight or obese. I see many men whose lives have been dramatically affected by their weight gain. Men struggle in different ways with diet and exercise. Eating fast and in large portions is common, which makes slowing down and focusing on portion control and emotional cues difficult. Many focus mainly on aerobic exercise, when studies show that strength training burns more fat. With the natural decrease in muscle mass as we age, strength training becomes more important for weight control. The best approach is to do both aerobic and strength training exercise daily.   

Q. What can I do to manage frequent heartburn? 

John, Dowd, MD Gastroenterologist, Concord Gastroenterology Associates 

A. If you have heartburn more than once a week, or difficulty swallowing, contact your physician or gastroenterologist. Heartburn is the most common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD happens when stomach acid backs up into your esophagus. When left untreated, this digestive disorder can lead to Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer, so early diagnosis and treatment are essential. Barrett’s is much more likely to progress to cancer in men than women.  

Many men will get some relief with diet and lifestyle changes, such as avoiding spicy, acidic, and fatty foods, eating smaller meals, elevating the head of their beds, or quitting tobacco products. If you have frequent symptoms, talk with your doctor or make an appointment to see a gastroenterologist – they can determine what is going on and help you feel better. 

Q. When should I be screened for prostate cancer?  

Louis Liou MD, PhD, Urologist, Emerson Urology Associates  

A. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, affecting about one out of eight men in the U.S. Screening can help find cancer early when it is often easier to treat. Despite new advancements in prostate cancer diagnosis, the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test detects most prostate cancer. Talk with your doctor about when and how often you should be tested. Your screening schedule may depend on several factors, including your age, family medical history, race, and general health. When prostate cancer is detected early, men have more treatment options than ever. These may include active surveillance or minimally invasive procedures with less side effects than radical surgery or radiation therapy.

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