LifePlus CLINICAL PATHWAY
Men’s health is heavily influenced by changes in hormones, particularly testosterone levels, and is linked closely with your age. In addition to hormonal changes, men’s health can also be affected by chronic conditions, infectious disease and injury. Copeman Healthcare has physicians on staff with a special interest in men’s health and we are able to focus on specific areas tailored to your needs.
The men’s health clinical pathway can help you manage your health for lifelong vigor no matter your age or stage in life.
Young men typically experience high levels of testosterone that present with heightened sex drive, strength, stamina and risk-taking. Health issues in young men often involve addressing risky behaviour and preventing accidents, illnesses or injuries.
Some common issues for young men are:
Copeman Healthcare provides expertise in addressing these common issues for young men aged 18 to 24, through the Young Adults Prevention Program and also offers:
Family aged men
Men who are planning a new family or have young children often have health questions or concerns related to procreation, their own fertility and parenthood. Depending upon the nature of the problem, care may involve counseling and education, lab tests (to determine reproductive viability), medication and treatment, or a medical intervention.
Other health issues faced by men of this age range often involve:
Middle aged men
Men between the ages of 45 and 65, often referred to as middle-aged, are in the most precarious zone for establishing the long-term outlook for their health. Lifestyle choices made during this period will have the most profound impact on your future health outcomes.
Poor decisions made up to, and during this stage of life, can take years off an otherwise productive life. Wise decisions made during these years, however, can add extra years and enhance your quality of life.
Although you may prefer not to admit it, many changes that occur during this period of life are the result of changing hormones and particularly declining testosterone levels.
Testosterone levels start to drop at a rate of 1% every year – typically starting in your 30s. This can cause an increase in irritability, anger and depression as well as a marked loss of strength, motivation, sex-drive and energy. It often seems unfair that decreases in strength, motivation and energy occur just at the time in life when exercise is most crucial.
Weight gain occurs as your metabolism begins to slow in your late 30s and early 40s – by the time you’re 50 you may be carrying excess weight, have elevated blood glucose and elevated blood pressure. And after two to three decades of eating calorie-rich foods, you may have considerable plaque build-up in your arteries, which creates an increased risk for heart attack or stroke.
Increased risk of cardiac events comes at the height of your career when earning potential is greatest, stress levels are highest and responsibilities both at home and on the job are the most significant. These increased responsibilities often mean that it’s difficult to eat nutritious well-balanced meals or find time to exercise.
Exercise is often sacrificed in favour of longer hours of work, travel, restaurant meals that are high in sodium and fat and a sleeping schedule that delivers poor-quality rest. This combination of risk factors over the longer term can have a profound and negative impact on health and places most men at increased risk for diabetes, cancer, heart disease and sudden cardiac events.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way – many of the key risk factors for age-related illnesses can be managed by lifestyle intervention, early detection (through annual comprehensive health assessments) treatment and medical intervention.
The trouble is, you may be unaware of impending health issues because the changes in your hormones and health happen slowly and gradually. The best time to make positive changes is now.
At Copeman Healthcare our interdisciplinary team is here to help with physician supervised lifestyle change, counseling, regular assessments, early detection and where necessary timely intervention so you can be sure to remain vigorous as you age.
When you are in your later years you often require close surveillance for early signs of cancer or cardiac events and many common age-related issues such as:
As you age in your later years you may also require assistance transitioning to a care home or another assisted living arrangement.
Whatever your stage in life, Copeman Healthcare can help with age and gender appropriate care, healthcare navigation, prevention plans, early detection and where necessary early detection and intervention.