Doc­tors hit road to tout, talk men’s health

The Republican Herald - - HEALTH - By alISoN BowEN

Florida physi­cians Drs. Jamin Brahmb­hatt and Sijo Parekat­til are on their an­nual road trip across the coun­try to raise aware­ness for men’s health.

This year, the fo­cus of their Drive for Men’s Health is nu­tri­tion. But as in years be­fore, the two co-di­rec­tors of the Per­son­al­ized Urol­ogy & Ro­bot­ics Clinic in Cler­mont, Florida, just want to talk to men about well-be­ing.

It’s a con­ver­sa­tion that doesn’t hap­pen enough, both said. Women see physi­cians on a more reg­u­lar ba­sis, they said, for ex­am­ple for an an­nual gy­ne­co­log­i­cal visit. But men might not see a doc­tor un­til some­thing is wrong.

“Men gen­er­ally don’t start go­ing un­til they have erec­tile dys­func­tion or trou­ble pee­ing or some­one drags them in there,” Brahmb­hatt said, speak­ing be­fore their Philadel­phia event, where ca­sual con­ver­sa­tions in­cluded a man talk­ing about his fa­ther’s heart at­tack and an­other who said he was in­spired to jog back to his ho­tel.

Brahmb­hatt and Parekat­til’s 3,000 miles of driv­ing will in­clude stops in New York, Philadel­phia and Colum­bus, Ohio.

Health is about more than doc­tor’s ap­point­ments — they also want to dis­cuss male body im­age. Many men, es­pe­cially mil­len­ni­als in the selfie era, are likely to use sup­ple­ments to try to im­prove their ap­pear­ance.

A March sur­vey of a thou­sand men found that half of mil­len­ni­als said they used sup­ple­ments to try to reach fit­ness goals.

“We try to cau­tion pa­tients to re­ally do their re­search and look at things,” Parekat­til said. “If some­thing sounds too good to be true, usu­ally it’s too good to be true. We’re not very sup­port­ive of very ex­treme di­ets.”

Even as young men use sup­ple­ments to­ward at­tain­ing a beach bod, they might not be match­ing that with a healthy life­style. Af­ter all, if you’re us­ing mul­ti­ple sup­ple­ments but eat­ing pizza every night, “Then what’s the point?” Parekat­til said.

Both say they are reg­u­lar guys. They don’t boast six-packs. But they have lost 80 pounds be­tween them, so they know what it’s like to change habits.

“You should treat your body like you treat your car,” Brahmb­hatt said. “If you have a red light go off or your tire pres­sure goes down, you go get that stuff checked be­cause you need your car to get your­self from point A to point B. Your body’s the ex­act same way. … When the red lights go off, like a headache that won’t go away, blood in the urine, you’ve got to get your­self checked.”

FRED LoPEz / DRIvE FoR MEN’S HEALTH

Florida urol­o­gists Drs. Jamin Brahmb­hatt and Sijo Parekat­til are driv­ing to cities across the U.S. for con­ver­sa­tions with men about health and body im­age.

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