Movember marks an important moment in the year to think about Men’s health,
Generally, men in the UK are not great at taking care of their health. They ignore injuries and will avoid going to their GP for general health issues, paying little attention to symptoms that may be indicative of major health issues.
The statistics are sobering. One in five men die before reaching the age of 65. The biggest cause of death in men is cancer, followed by circulatory disease.
But, with more spotlight on men’s health, not only during November, but more generally as we consider our wellbeing post-pandemic, you might be wondering what to look out for, when it comes to health screening.
Efficient and gentle, I barely noticed the process and before I knew it, the samples were collected for my blood draw
Blue Horizon spotlight on men’s health, not only during November, but more generally as we consider our wellbeing post-pandemic, you might be wondering what to look out for, when it comes to health screening and Blood Testing in London
Movember Blood Testing in London for men, risk areas in male health
When it comes to men’s health, there are various factors which are worth monitoring.
Testosterone is most associated with sex drive, and it plays a crucial part in the production of sperm. But testosterone also affects bone and muscle mass, influences how men store body fat, and the production of red blood cells. While testosterone levels do naturally start to decline with age, low levels could suggest a hormone disorder.
When levels of testosterone are low, there are a range of symptoms which can present themselves, including:
- Breast growth
- Loss of body hair
- Reduced sex drive
- Reduced testicle size
- Skin changes
Your risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age, but that doesn’t mean it’s a disease that only affects old men. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide and early detection is extremely important.
While some men will experience changes in urinary or sexual function that might indicate the presence of prostate cancer, not everyone experiences symptoms. Many times, signs of prostate cancer are first detected by a doctor during a routine check-up.
According to the British Heart Foundation, one in seven men will die from heart disease compared with one in 11 women, and of the 2.3 million people living with heart disease in the UK, 60 per cent are men.
Heart disease has long been Britain’s biggest single killer. Despite our efforts to ward off its risk factors with more exercise and a healthier diet, the statistics remain concerning, particularly for men, so it can be a good idea to keep a close eye on your heart health.
Alongside men’s health checks such as the ones mentioned above, general health screening is worth considering if you’re looking at optimising your overall health. Tests for common conditions and diseases such as diabetes, thyroid, liver and kidney function and vitamins and minerals can reveal vital information about your health status, giving you the tools needed to make any necessary changes to optimise your wellbeing.
Private testing for men’s health
With GP waiting times increasing in many practices, private blood testing is becoming a common alternative for many people looking to take control of their health.
At Blue Horizon we offer a comprehensive range of blood testing options for men’s health, both standalone, and as part of a larger profile of diagnostic checks to help you get a complete picture of your health.
Our range of Wellman testing looks for red and white blood cell quality, thyroid function, kidney and liver function, a check for diabetes, as well as essential elements and vitamins, autoantibodies, cardiac risk factor analysis and a test for prostate cancer (PSA), allowing you to check your current nutritional status and overall health.
Is there a way to check your health markers in London?
At Blue Horizon, we know that it can be difficult to get a GP appointment. Our central London clinic makes getting a blood test quick, convenient and as painless as possible, at a location which is easy to get to by public transport.
Come and visit us
Our central London walk in clinic makes getting your private blood test quick and convenient. Simply purchase your test online and attend the clinic on the same day.
At your appointment, the friendly team will talk to you about your test, collect your blood sample and send it off for testing at an accredited partner laboratory. All you need to do is arrive for your appointment. We’ll take care of the test, and the rest.