Men's Health

Ribera Healthcare Clinic -  - A Private Medical Practice

Ribera Healthcare Clinic

Private Medical Practices & Board Certified Nurse Practitioners located in Albuquerque, NM

If you’re a man, it’s important to schedule a men’s health exam at least once a year. Even if you feel relatively healthy, many serious problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes don’t present symptoms early on. At Ribera Healthcare Clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Olga Lucero, MSN, FNP-C, offers a wide range of men’s health services, including diagnosis and treatment of low libido, prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, and other forms of sexual dysfunction. To schedule your appointment, call the office or book online today.

Men's Health Q & A

What is men’s health?

Men’s health is a branch of medicine focused on diagnosing, treating, and preventing illness in men. Although men and women experience many of the same health problems, men are less likely to visit the doctor regularly. 

They’re also more likely to partake in bad habits, like drinking alcohol, using tobacco, and eating unhealthy foods. When combined, these factors make them more susceptible to heart disease and certain types of cancer.

Men’s health works to catch these and other problems early on when they’re most responsive to treatment. It also provides nutritional counseling and health monitoring, to boost vitality and longevity. 

What are some common men’s health problems?

Men’s health services provide diagnosis and treatment for a variety of common health problems, including:

  • Influenza and pneumonia
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Respiratory disease
  • Unintentional injuries and accidents
  • Alcohol use
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes
  • Low libido
  • Low testosterone
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Peyronie’s disease

Many men also experience mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Men’s health can diagnose and treat these issues, as well. 

What happens during a men’s health appointment?

At Ribera Healthcare Clinic, no two men’s health appointments are exactly alike. The team tailors treatment to your unique needs and personal health history. That said, most appointments follow the same basic structure:

Physical exam

During a physical exam, your Ribera Healthcare Clinic provider reviews your medical history, asks you about any unusual symptoms, and conducts a physical and neurological exam. Your provider also tests your reflexes and checks your vitals, including your heart and respiratory rate. 

Laboratory testing

The only way to detect certain health problems, including diabetes, high cholesterol, and hormonal imbalances is through laboratory testing. At Ribera Healthcare Clinic, men can undergo blood tests, urinalysis, and stool sample assessments. Your provider uses the information gathered during these tests to diagnose and treat a variety of ailments.

Preventive screenings

After the age of 50, it’s important you participate in preventive measures such as prostate exams and colorectal cancer screenings. These and other serious health problems respond best to treatment when they’re caught early on.

How are men’s health problems treated?

Men’s health treatment depends on the severity of the symptoms you’re experiencing and your health history. At Ribera Healthcare Clinic, the team usually recommends healthy lifestyle treatments and holistic measures of care.

If you experience low libido or sexual dysfunction, losing weight, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet may be enough to reverse your symptoms. However, if the problem persists, you might also benefit from hormonal therapy to increase testosterone levels.

Chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease might also require prescription medications as well as regular monitoring. The team at Ribera Healthcare Clinic can develop a custom care plan that aligns with your goals and needs.

To schedule your men’s health appointment at Ribera Healthcare Clinic, call the office or book a consultation online today.