If you’re like most men, then you probably don’t schedule regular physical exams as often as you should. Much like flossing your teeth, it’s all too easy to procrastinate and put off physical exams until you can’t remember the last time you scheduled one. Physical exams are incredibly important, and in today’s post, we’ll explain why you should make regular exams a priority in your life.

Men’s Vitality Center is Tempe’s go-to resource for a wide range of men’s health services that can help you feel and look your best. From testosterone replacement therapy to weight loss management, our physicians are here to help you live a happy and healthy life. Read on to learn more about the importance of physical exams, and contact our office today to schedule an appointment!

What Is a Physical Exam? 

Also referred to as “wellness exams,” physical exams are routine checkups performed by a physician to evaluate your overall health. Your vital signs will be taken, and you can expect to answer several questions about your lifestyle and overall health. Your provider will likely ask you if you smoke, if you exercise, and what your diet is like. If you’re on any medications, then you should expect to discuss your current dosage and any side effects you have experienced. You’ll also undergo a physical exam, so come wearing comfortable clothing that can be easily removed.

If you’re an older man, then your physician may want to schedule additional health screenings. Prostate cancer is one of the biggest concerns for men over the age of 50, but some physicians choose to screen their patients earlier. Ask your physician about screenings that may be relevant to your specific circumstances.

The Importance of Your Family History

While your physician will have your detailed health history, it’s important to obtain as much information about your family’s health history as possible. Your family’s genes, lifestyle, and environment can all significantly impact your wellness, and having detailed information can help your physician develop a more personalized care plan. Disorders among your relatives, both close and distant, can help you determine your risk for certain diseases, including various forms of cancer. Your physician may recommend more frequent and more specific health screenings if your family has a history of certain diseases.

Obtaining in-depth information about your family’s health history is generally easier said than done. You can ask your parents about their extended family’s health history, or you can call your relatives directly if you’re close to them. No matter how you choose to obtain information about your family’s health history, any information you’re able to gather will be helpful to your physician.

We hope that this post will motivate you to attend regular physical exams and gather information about your family’s health. Whether you need a routine checkup or testosterone replacement therapy, Men’s Vitality Center is here to help you take the first steps toward a healthier life. Get in touch with us today to learn more about what we can do you for you! We look forward to speaking with you soon.