Michele L Martinez, MD
Family Medicine & Geriatric Care located in Riverside, CA
Men sometimes ignore even serious health symptoms and injuries in an attempt to “tough it out.” But just as regular trips to the gym keep you feeling strong and healthy, regular exams and tests at People’s Care Health Systems in Riverside, California, revitalize you and maintain your good health for life. Whether you have symptoms that are bothering you, or just need a yearly checkup, Dr. Michele Martinez brings more than 25 years of expertise into every exam and treatment session. To schedule a men’s health exam, book an appointment online or call the knowledgeable and helpful staff.
Men's Health Q & A
What is men’s health?
Men’s health is a branch of health care that’s devoted to keeping men healthy and strong while acknowledging their tendency to ignore symptoms and avoid medical treatment. It encompasses whole-body physical health, mental health, and male reproductive issues. Dr. Martinez encourages men not to ignore symptoms related to aging, because if left untreated, some issues could lead to long-term or serious health consequences.
In addition, men are more likely than women to suffer acute injuries, such as those acquired while playing sports.
Why should a man see a primary care doctor for a health issue?
The advantage of seeing a primary care doctor for your men’s health issue is that you have continuity of care over the long term. Dr. Martinez makes a point of getting to know you and building trust so that you can come to her and share your concerns without embarrassment or fear.
As a primary care physician, Dr. Martinez can manage most of your health needs, or coordinate your specialized care if need be, so that you know everyone’s on the same page when it comes to getting and keeping you healthy.
What are some of the top threats to men’s health?
Both men and women can be affected by the same health conditions. But men can suffer from diseases and afflictions that are specific to their hormonal and sexual makeup.
Some of the serious diseases that afflict men include:
- Heart disease
- Lung cancer
- Skin cancer
Some issues that are male-specific include:
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Prostate issues
- Testicular cancer
- Low testosterone levels
- Low sperm count
How does a primary care doctor optimize men’s health?
Annual physical examinations, blood tests, and urine tests at People’s Care Health Systems help identify problems early on, so you can get treatment that minimizes the risk of complications. Dr. Martinez monitors men’s heart health by checking blood cholesterol levels and do other testing as needed, such as an electrocardiogram.
She can do screening tests for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or prescribe medications to help with ED.
You can also get urgent-care treatment for sports- or work-related injuries or accidents, including treatment for sprains and uncomplicated fractures. Dr. Martinez can also help you lose weight and recommend diet and exercise programs that help men stay healthy and strong.
To start your wellness sessions with Dr. Martinez or find out more about troubling symptoms, call the helpful People’s Care Health Systems team or book your own appointment online.