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The Importance of Men Having Annual Physicals
The Importance of Men Having Annual Physicals
May 13/2024

The Importance of Men Having Annual Physicals

Men are often encouraged to be stoic and they are less likely to discuss their feelings or health concerns openly. This cultural stereotype sometimes extends to their approach to healthcare, where many men may believe that as long as they feel fine, there's no need for regular check-ups or annual physical exams.

This misconception can have serious consequences for men’s health and well-being. In this brief article brought to you by Southern Maryland Medical Group, we'll explore why annual physical exams for men are essential and why they should not be overlooked or underestimated.

If you think it’s time to see a primary care physician, then call Southern Maryland Medical Group to schedule a convenient appointment. We’re also happy to arrange a walk-in with one of our primary care doctors for as soon as possible.

What Does a Physical Exam Involve?

During an annual physical exam, our healthcare providers at Southern Maryland Medical Group conduct a thorough evaluation of various aspects of men's health, including:

  • Blood pressure measurement
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Blood sugar levels (for diabetes screening)
  • Body mass index (BMI) and weight assessment
  • Heart and lung function
  • Screening for prostate cancer (for men of appropriate age and risk factors)
  • Testicular exams (for men at risk of testicular cancer)

This is not an exhaustive list, and Southern Maryland Medical Group is proud to offer a wide range of screenings, tests, and examinations. Call us today if you have any questions or special requests.

Prevention is Key

One of the primary reasons for annual physical exams is preventive care. These check-ups allow healthcare providers to assess overall health, screen for potential risk factors or early signs of diseases, and recommend interventions or lifestyle changes before problems escalate. Prevention is always more effective and less costly than treating a health issue after it has progressed.

Exposing Silent Health Threats

Many health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and certain cancers, can develop silently without noticeable symptoms in their early stages. Annual physical exams often include screenings and tests that can detect these silent threats early and when they are more manageable with better treatment outcomes.

Age-Related Health Considerations

As men age, their health needs and risks may change. Annual physical exams can address age-related health considerations such as prostate health, bone density, vision and hearing changes, sexual health, and cognitive function. Early detection and intervention for age-related health issues can improve quality of life and long-term outcomes.

Enjoy a Much-Needed Peace of Mind

Annual physical exams also provide an opportunity to address mental health and well-being. Healthcare providers use annual physical exams as opportunities to provide lifestyle counseling and health education tailored to each individual's needs.

Ultimately, annual physical exams offer men peace of mind knowing that their health is being actively monitored and managed. Detecting health problems early, optimizing health through preventive measures, and addressing concerns promptly can contribute to a longer and healthier life.

See a Licensed Physician

Whether it’s time for your annual physical or you have an urgent health concern, the primary care doctors at Southern Maryland Medical Group are here to help. Call now to get in touch with a courteous member of our team.

Our Locations

Southern Maryland Medical Group has 3 convenient locations to provide professional medical care services in the Southern Maryland area. Call or schedule an appointment with one of our locations to get medical care help. 

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Camp Springs, MD

5801 Allentown Road, Suite 400 Camp Spring, MD 20746

Phone: 301-868- 0150

Billing Inquiries: 301-552-1270

Fax: 301-868-0243

Greenbelt, MD

7500 Greenway Center, Dr #1200 Greenbelt, MD 20770

Phone: 301-486-7580

Billing Inquiries: 301-552-1270

Fax: 301-486-7581

Riverdale, MD

6510 Kenilworth Ave, Ste 1400, Riverdale MD 20737

Phone: 301-618-0771

Billing Inquiries: 301-552-1270

Fax: 301-618-0772