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Continuing the conversation on men’s health with Dr. Bernie

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As June rolls on, the conversation around men’s health continues. More concerns arise as men get older regarding the health of their heart, lungs and reproductive organs. One urologist is pleading for men to take an interest in their health before it is too late.

Dr. Helen L. Bernie, director of male sexual and reproductive medicine, urologist at IU Health, and assistant professor of Urology at Indiana University, shared her concerns regarding men’s health.

“Some of the common killers in men, such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, aren’t detectable without a checkup,” Bernie said.

However, as more men recognize the advantages of preventive care, they are actively taking steps to detect potential health problems early on.

“Most men only go to the doctor when something or someone is nagging them,” Bernie said. “Spouses and loved ones play a huge role in getting men to see a doctor.”

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The American Urological Association recommends that men over 50 get regular prostate screenings. These screenings can identify early signs of prostate cancer.

“55 is the age that men should begin getting prostate screenings, 45 if there is a family history of prostate problems or other risk factors,” Bernie said.

Older men are not the only ones who should focus on maintaining their health. Young adult males can have more health problems than they may realize.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a significant problem in men near the age of 40. Research shows that the chances of men ages 18-29 getting ED are typically the lowest, at about 0.4 percent.

Despite this, risk factors such as drug use and unhealthy lifestyle habits have brought many young male patients to Dr. Bernie.

“I can’t tell you how many young men come see me for erectile dysfunction or infertility,” Bernie said.

By seeking preventive care and making lifestyle transformations, men are increasing their odds of living healthy, quality lives.

“Know that you are important. People need you. Your family needs you. Quantity of life is just as important as quality of life,” Bernie said.

“Don’t wait for your car to break down to get it checked out.”

Contact multi-media staff writer Noral Parham III at (317)-762-7846 or email at noralp@indyrecorder.com. Follow him on Twitter @NoralParham.

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