Menís Health and Primary Care
A Health Tip from Alberto Sobrado, MD
Director, Community Medical Professionals
North Andover, MA
In general, men need to pay more attention to their health. Compared to women, men are more likely to smoke and drink more, lead less healthy lifestyles,
put off routine checkups and even ignore symptoms of a health problem. Men also
participate in more risky, and dangerous behaviors
Many of the diseases and health conditions that men face can be prevented ó or treated if they are found early. To start taking better care of your health, learn about your risk factors. Risk factors are things in your life that increase your chances of getting a certain disease. Some risk factors you cannot change, such as your age or family history. But many are in your control. Find out what you can do to lower your risk factors and improve your overall health. Next, find out how often you should see a doctor for routine checkups and what screenings, tests, and vaccines you might need. By taking these steps, you will feel good knowing you are doing all you can to take charge of your health.
A healthy lifestyle, routine doctor visits, and preventive screenings ó together ó are the best ways to protect your health. Also, keep in mind that physical and mental health go hand in hand. If you are a smoker, quit smoking. Taking time to reduce stress and care for your mental health will help you to be a better spouse, father, and friend.
Talk to Me
Donít be embarrassed to talk about your health. The single most important way you can stay healthy is to be an active member of your own health care team. One way to get high-quality health care is to find and use information and take an active role in all of the decisions made about your care.
Give information. Don’t wait to be asked!
- You know important things about your symptoms and your health history. Tell your CoMedPro practitioner what you think he or she needs to know.
- It's important to tell your doctor personal information—even if it makes you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable.
- Bring a “health history” list with you, and keep it up to date. You might want to make a copy of the form for each member of your family.
- Always bring any medicines you are taking, or a list of those medicines (include when and how often you take them) and what strength. Talk about any allergies or reactions you have had to your medicines.
- Tell your doctor about any herbal products you use or alternative medicines or treatments you receive.
- Bring other medical information, such as x-ray films, test results, and medical records.
- Ask questions. If you don’t, your doctor may think you understand everything that was said.
- Write down your questions before your visit. List the most important ones first to make sure they get asked and answered.
- You might want to bring someone along to help you ask questions. This person can also help you understand and/or remember the answers.
- Ask your doctor to draw pictures if that might help to explain something.
- Take notes.
- Some doctors do not mind if you bring a tape recorder to help you remember things. But always ask first.
- Let your doctor know if you need more time. If there is not time that day, perhaps you can speak to a nurse or physician assistant on staff. Or, ask if you can call later to speak with someone.
- Ask if your doctor has washed his or her hands before starting to examine you. Research shows that handwashing can prevent the spread of infections. If you’re uncomfortable asking this question directly, you might ask, “I’ve noticed that some doctors and nurses wash their hands or wear gloves before touching people. Why is that?”
Take information home
- Ask for written instructions.
- Your doctor also may have brochures and audio tapes and videotapes that can help you. If not, ask how you can get such materials. Once you leave the doctor’s office, follow up.
- If you have questions, call us.
- If your symptoms get worse, or if you have problems with your medicine, call us.
- If you had tests and do not hear from your doctor, call for your test results.
- If your doctor said you need to have certain tests, make appointments at the lab or other offices to get them done.
- If your doctor said you should see a specialist, make an appointment.
Remember, quality matters, especially when it comes to your health.
Our Menís Health and Primary Care Practice is Accepting New Patients in North Andover
Currently, we are accepting new patients. If you would like to learn more about Community Medical Professionals and our staff of primary care physicians, adult practitioners and menís health practitioners, please submit a new patient request or call our North Andover offices at (978) 685-4925.