You're 35 and you feel fine. Your wife made you come see the doctor. The doctor says your blood pressure is a little high and you should come back to check it soon. You figure 5 years is soon enough. Only old men have high blood pressure. Right?
Wrong! There is good reason that high blood pressure (hypertension in the medical world) is called "the silent killer." Once you notice any symptoms (heart attack, stroke, vision loss, kidney problems) - the damage is already done.
And, unfortunately, it doesn't stop there. Young men with hypertension often have the "metabolic syndrome" - excess body fat, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance. So, what young men do NOW determines what their body will do later.
So, now is the time! “Studies show that there are better outcomes and lower costs when patients have a primary-care doctor.” This Movember let's share this with the young men in our lives and remind them, it's never too soon to have a good relationship with a primary care doctor!
Lauren Hedde, DO and Mark Turshen, MD are Family Physicians and Founders of Direct Doctors, Inc. a Direct Primary Care Practice.