Healthy Men

The recommended frequency of Adult Health Checks vary depending on whether there are any risk factors, for example, previous health problems, or family history of health  problems (e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, etc)

Basic Check Ups

It is wise to have a check up with your doctor at least every 2 years.
This will include a check for early signs of problems, a check on blood pressure, weight, and issues relevant to you taking account of your past medical history and any potential inherited risks.
Tape measure
Stethoscope
BP chart
scales

Cardiovascular Risk

Is your 'heart age' younger or older than your actual age? A heart risk assessment will help you find out by building a risk profile based on factors such as your age, gender, cholesterol levels, smoking, blood pressure, family history and past history.

Our team will be in contact when your Heart Health, or CVD Risk Assessment is due and if you have not had a recent blood test for cholesterol and diabetes or blood test, the nurses will invite you to have these checked
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In general, a risk assessment is advised if you are:
  • male and aged 35 years or over with any risk factors.
  • male and aged 55 years or over if no risk factors.
If you say 'yes' to any of the following questions, you should have a risk assessment 10 years earlier, ie, a man older than 35 years :
  • are you a smoker?
  • are you Maori, Pacific Islander, or from the Indian subcontinent or Fiji?
  • do you have high cholesterol?
  • do you have high blood pressure?
  • are you overweight?
  • do you have a family history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes?
  • do you have diabetes (or are at risk of diabetes)?
  • do you have renal (kidney) impairment?

Smoking Help

Things we know you already know…

Health Effects of Smoking
Smoking harms nearly every organ and system in the body.
It is the cause of 80 percent of lung cancer cases and is linked to many other cancers.
It is a major cause of heart attacks, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Smoking can also cause blindness, impotence and infertility

How can we help?
Our nurses and doctors can give you support to stop when you are ready.

Our nurses can provide regular follow up phone calls or txt messages to help you keep on the quitting process.

We can prescribe
  • Nicotine replacement medication in form of gum, lozenges, nasal spray and patches.
  • Zyban
  • Champix

It’s your choice to smoke - or not. You can think about it and make your own choices.

Quitline Website:
The www.quit.org.nz website is to help with your thinking stages. It’s up to you which parts of the site you read.

Quitline:
Call Quitline on 0800 778 778 for free advice and non-judgmental support to quit smoking.

A Quitline Advisor will help to create a quit smoking plan that works for you. The Advisor will help you understand the smoking addiction – you will identify the reasons why you smoke and come up with new ways to cope. You’ll get tips and suggestions on how to beat cravings.

Other Reading
Allen Carr’s : The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.
Some patients have found reading this book a very effective way to stop.

Prostate Health

The most common conditions affecting the prostate are prostatitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and prostate cancer. As a precaution, all urinary symptoms should be checked by a doctor.

The prostate is a gland found only in men. It is about the size of a walnut, lies just below the bladder and surrounds the tube that drains urine from the bladder (urethra). Its job is to secrete a milky fluid, which becomes part of the semen and nourishes the sperm.
The main conditions affecting the prostate are:
  • Prostatitis, which is inflammation of the prostate, usually due to an infection, which will likely need antibiotic treatment.
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is a gradual enlargement of the prostate as men age. It often causes urinary problems but is not due to cancer.
  • Prostate cancer, which is a malignancy which can be life-threatening, particularly if it spreads beyond the prostate. However, in older men prostate cancer is often slow growing and may not require treatment.

For more information on Prostate symptoms and disease go to http://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/p/prostate-common-conditions/
The routine screening of men who have no symptoms remains controversial.
Below is an option grid which is designed to assist you and your doctor to decide whether screening with PSA blood test is the right thing for you.

What we know for sure is that if you are having any of the following you must see your doctor:
  • pain or swelling of the prostate,
  • blood and pus in the urine
  • problems passing urine

If you have some one in your family who has had prostate cancer then your doctor is likely to suggest starting screening once you are over the age of 40.
If you start doing regular PSA tests then this would usually be done between the ages of 50-70.
Your doctor would look at the PSA level but also at the rate of increase of PSA over time to assist in detecting signs of prostate cancer.


For more information on Prostate Cancer screening go to http://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/p/prostate-screening/ and Prostate Cancer Foundation

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis Screening checks with bone densitometry should be considered at least once after menopause for women and after age 55 for men.

  • Osteoporosis can be prevented.
  • 56% of women and 29% of men will suffer a fracture after the age of 60 because of osteoporosis.
  • Nearly 20% of people with hip fractures die from fracture-related complications within a year.
  • Young people can suffer from osteoporosis too.
  • The estimated cost to New Zealand is $1.1 billion each year.
(Source: Osteoporosis NZ)

Key points:
  • Our bones reach their peak bone mass around age of 30–35 years. The higher this is, the lower your life time risk of osteoporosis.
  • It is common in later life in women, more so than men. The older you are, the more likely you are to get it.
  • There are good treatments that can slow down osteoporosis and help to stop you getting broken bones.
  • Things you can do to reduce your risk of osteoporosis and strengthen your bones are:
  • weight bearing exercise and keep physically active
  • be smoke free
  • get enough vitamin D
  • make sure you get enough calcium in your food
  • go easy on salt and alcohol
  • if female, see your doctor if you have irregular periods.


Self Management Education

East Health Trust PHO provides group self management education workshops for people with long term conditions and their families. These are informative, practical sessions to help people manage their own health more effectively.

These specifically designed courses are held by trained facilitators at East Health Trust PHO premises at 260 Botany Road.
These include courses for weight management, quitting smoking, healthier lifestyles, managing pain, and managing with a chronic disease.

Rehabilitation After Cancer

The STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Program is dedicated to improving the strength, quality of life and sense of well being of men diagnosed with cancer.

It is specifically designed to help men maximise recovery, regain physical strength, stamina and incorporate exercise into their lifestyle.

The Program is delivered by certified STEEL Cancer Rehab Physiotherapists and provides a full range of services designed to care, support and guide men through every stage of their treatment and recovery.

The STEEL Program aims to help you:

Optimise physical and functional recovery
Ease pain and muscular tension
Regain strength and mobility
Increase energy levels and improve breathing
Strengthen core muscles and improve posture
Improve physical functioning and maintain independence
Reclaim body confidence and control
Reduce treatment related side effects and
Shift focus from illness to wellness
It is suitable after any type of cancer surgery or treatment and accommodates all ages, fitness levels and mobility.