Do you depend on your primary care doctor or a general physician for all your health problems? Avoiding visits to a specialist can be fatal and affect your health. Not all doctors are aware of all the things that are important for your health.
Going to a specialist like a sexologist, urologist, or a nutritionist is a better way to treat your health problems as they can diagnose and treat the symptoms before they reach a dangerous and life threatening stage. Your sex life, prostate health, mood problems, protein intake, and hormonal imbalances must be addressed only by a specialist for effective treatment.
Here are 6 important things your primary care doctor doesn’t know:
1. Prostate Health
While prostate enlargement or prostate cancer usually affects older men, prostatitis can develop in men of all ages. Men usually don’t give importance to prostate tests as they feel that it only affects men in old age.
Prostate massages that are effective in the treatment of prostatitis, it enhances blood flow, improves urinary flow, and helps to maintain the integrity of the prostate tissue.1 Doctors are not aware that they can recommend this massage to the patients.
2. Testosterone Levels
As men age, their testosterone levels decrease while their estrogen levels increase. Testosterone deficiency in the aging male can lead to the loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, depression, decreased cognitive ability, lethargy, osteoporosis, and loss of muscle mass and strength.2 Also, high estrogen levels in men can increase the risk of developing diabetes and enlarged breasts.
Doctors suggest the use of injections, patches, and testosterone gels to regulate the hormone levels. On the other hand, changing your daily habits such as getting enough sleep, eating healthy fats, exercising and reducing sugar intake can aid the testosterone levels.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that affects the muscles. In addition to widespread muscle pain, it alters the sleep cycle, causes fatigue, and affects the memory and mood.3
The wide range of common symptoms that come and go, make it hard for the doctor to diagnose the disorder, and it is often left ignore to the point where it can reach an advanced stage and difficult to treat. Also, there are no tests that can determine the presence of fibromyalgia and the tender point on your body may vary every day, making it difficult to diagnose the reason for pain.4
4. Sex life
Problems with sexual performance may not always be due to erectile dysfunction. Although it may be difficult for you to talk openly to your doctor about the problems you face, listing out the details and signs to a specialist can help you get to the root of the problem before it is too late.
Sometimes, what you think is a problem, may not even be one. Consulting the right doctor is important for an effective solution.
5. Food Can Elevate Your Mood
Your diet can play an important role in regulating your mood. Doctors usually suggest medicines or therapy, to treat anger problems or other mood related problems that you may face.
Foods that help you maintain your energy levels and blood sugar can also elevate your mood. Eggs, walnuts, apple, asparagus, and green vegetables can not only make you feel better but also give you a vitamin and mineral supply.5
6. Protein Intake
Protein supplements are commonly used by men who exercise to gain muscle. Overconsumption of protein can have adverse effects on kidneys and liver, increase the risk of developing bowel and prostate cancer, and also precipitates the progression of coronary artery disease.6
While a nutritionist may know the right and safe quantity of protein you can consume, a primary care doctor may be unaware of the same and can be a threat to your health.
|↑1||The role of ‘Drainage’ in treating Prostatitis, Prostatitis Foundation.|
|↑2||Rajfer, Jacob. “Decreased testosterone in the aging male.” Reviews in Urology 5, no. Suppl 1 (2003): S1.|
|↑3||Fibromyalgia, Mayo Clinic.|
|↑4||Fibromyalgia: Understand the diagnosis process, Mayo Clinic.|
|↑5||Bakhru H. K. Healing Through Natural Foods. Jaico Publishing House, 2000.|
|↑6||Delimaris, Ioannis. “Adverse effects associated with protein intake above the recommended dietary allowance for adults.” ISRN nutrition 2013 (2013).|