June: Men's Health Month

Jun 05, 2020

Listen up, men – pay attention to your health

Volume 1: Erectile Dysfunction

By Casey Lien, MD
Family Care Network – Whatcom Family Medicine, Bellingham

June is Men's Health Month – and while COVID-19 rightfully demands most of our collective health care attention, it has also highlighted just how important our health is to our livelihoods. Staying healthy means our risk for most diseases goes down.

Unfortunately, most men still have an attitude of invincibility when it comes to healthcare. As long as our arm isn’t falling off, we think we are healthy! But a lack of bad events does not equal health.

Ignoring health concerns is like ignoring the warning lights in your car. We often get regular maintenance done on our vehicles, yet ignore recommendations for maintenance on ourselves. Far fewer men ignore the oil light on the car than signs of illness in themselves!

ED got you down?

Let’s start with the little blue pill. With commercials bringing this to the forefront every time we watch TV or go online, we need to talk straight about erectile dysfunction (ED).

First of all – this is a common problem. More than 1 in 10 men over the age of 40 will have erectile issues, climbing to nearly half of men by age 70. Trust me… you are not the only one.

ED is a health indicator

Beyond causing distress and a change to your plans, erectile dysfunction is closely tied to cardiovascular disease – which is the number one cause of early death in men. Many of the risk factors for ED are common risk factors for cardiovascular disease – such as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, lack of exercise, and smoking. Think of ED as your maintenance light trying to get your attention.

If you are experiencing ED, please speak to your health care provider. With quick and convenient visit options such as telemedicine, we’ve removed some of the barriers to seeking the attention you deserve. You can now easily and discretely obtain treatment for the immediate symptoms of ED, and just as importantly look into any underlying health issues that are negatively affecting your health.

I hope that anybody reading this with symptoms of ED will take action. Please don’t ignore the “oil light”. Seek the counsel of a health care provider so you can increase your chances of a long, high quality life.

Need a doctor? Casey Lien, MD is accepting new patients. Call Family Care Network – Whatcom Family Medicine at (360) 671-4402.