Unlocking the Secrets to Men’s Health: Dr. David Samadi’s Essential Questions for Every Doctor’s Visit

By Dr. David Samadi

Men often find themselves at a loss for words during their annual check-ups, eager to exit the exam room as swiftly as possible. However, this yearly appointment is a prime opportunity for men to take charge of their health and well-being. Instead of remaining silent, men should engage in meaningful dialogue with their healthcare providers.

Research has shown that men tend to schedule fewer doctor’s appointments as compared to women, which can be attributed to the discomfort they feel while discussing personal health concerns. To bridge this communication gap and foster proactive healthcare, men must pose specific questions that can significantly impact their health outcomes.

Essential Questions for Every Doctor’s Visit

To facilitate constructive conversations during their next doctor’s visit, here are essential questions that all men should raise to stay proactive about their health:

  • Family Medical History: Based on your family’s medical history, inquire about potential risk factors for heart disease and cancer. This information can influence the timing and frequency of screenings and preventative measures.
  • Vaccination Updates: Ensure you’re up-to-date on essential vaccinations, including the flu shot, tetanus booster, and others tailored to your risk profile.
  • Annual Testing: Discuss which routine tests are recommended for your age, health history, and specific concerns to maintain optimal health.
  • Prostate Cancer Screening: Clarify the frequency and age at which you should undergo prostate cancer screenings, taking into account personal and familial risk factors.
  • Urinary Symptoms: Address any concerns regarding urinary frequency, which could indicate conditions like benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or diabetes.
  • Libido Changes: Seek guidance on potential causes of libido changes, which may include hormonal imbalances, medications, or underlying health issues.
  • Exercise Precautions: Determine if additional testing, such as a stress test, is necessary before embarking on a new exercise regimen, particularly if you’re at high risk for heart disease.
  • Weight Assessment: Discuss your body mass index (BMI) and its implications for your overall health, acknowledging potential limitations in specific populations.
  • Pain or Discomfort: Don’t hesitate to raise any concerns about pain or discomfort you’ve been experiencing. Early detection of signs of something not quite right is crucial for effective treatment. 
  • Alcohol Consumption: For accurate assessment of related health conditions and guidance on moderation or intervention, honesty about alcohol intake is essential.
  • Diagnosis Discussion: Request clarification on test results or procedures and inquire about the next steps, treatment options, and prognosis.
  • Follow-Up Plan: Based on your health status, family history, and any ongoing health concerns, determine the appropriate timing for your next visit.

Unlock the Secrets to Men’s Health

By being proactive and addressing critical questions with your healthcare provider, you can take meaningful steps to safeguard your health and increase your longevity. Remember, your health is your most valuable asset—don’t hesitate to advocate for yourself during your next doctor’s appointment.


Dr. David Samadi is the Director of Men’s Health and Urologic Oncology at St. Francis Hospital in Long Island. He’s a renowned and highly successful board certified Urologic Oncologist Expert and Robotic Surgeon in New York City, regarded as one of the leading prostate surgeons in the U.S., with a vast expertise in prostate cancer treatment and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy.  Dr. Samadi is a medical contributor to NewsMax TV and is also the author of The Ultimate MANual, Dr. Samadi’s Guide to Men’s Health and Wellness, available online both on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit Dr. Samadi’s websites at robotic oncology and prostate cancer 911. 


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