Our Top 3 Healthy Fall Recipes

Keeping on track with your healthy lifestyle can be challenging especially when the weather starts to get a little colder as fall rolls around. You will notice that you crave more hearty meals and more time on the couch. This can take a toll on your fitness regime, it also offers the opportunity to change things up by doing different outdoor exercises in more comfortable climate (not 100 degrees) and to indulge in healthy, hearty fall meals. There is no need to give up your fall comfort foods, as there are healthy choices you can make that will fulfill the cravings.

Here are 3 of our favorite fast, healthy Fall meals that will keep you feeling satisfied and keep your calorie count down.

Healthiest Pumpkin Oat Protein Pancakes
Prep time: 5 MINS
Cook time: 10 MINS
Total time: 15 MINS
Serving amount: 4 Pancakes

Tender, spiced protein pumpkin pancakes that can be whipped up in the blender. Healthy, simple and perfect for chilly fall mornings.

Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup (27g) oats
  • 1/2 scoop (13g) protein powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup egg whites from a carton
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée*
  • Optional: stevia, splash vanilla, pancake syrup, maple syrup, butter, fresh fruit
Instructions
  1. Preheat large skillet or griddle and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Grind oats, protein powder, baking soda, baking powder, spices and stevia (if using) in the blender until it’s flour-like.

  3. Add, to the blender, egg whites and pumpkin and blend for a few seconds.

  4. Pour batter onto preheated griddle to make 4 pancakes; cook for about 5 minutes and until golden brown. Flip and continue to cook about 3 more minutes and until both sides are golden brown.

  5. Serve immediately topped with your favorites and enjoy!

 

 

Sweet Potato Hash Egg Bowl 

Prep time: 15 MINS

Cook time: 20 MINS
Total time: 35 MINS
Serving Amount: 7 Cups

 

A hearty, 5-ingredient breakfast hash with sweet potato, brussels sprouts, and apple! A protein- and fiber-packed meal.

Ingredients
  • 3 slices uncured turkey bacon or regular bacon(for Whole30 Compliant, I used Pederson’s brand)
  • 1 small (108g) diced onion
  • 1 sweet potato (208g) cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups (339g) brussels sprouts, stems removed and quartered
  • 1 apple (118g) diced
  • Optional: eggs, egg whites or a combination of the two*
  • salt + pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add bacon. Cook until desired doneness, then remove from pan to plate lined with a paper towel. When cooled, crumble bacon and set aside.
  2. Reserve about 2 tablespoons bacon grease in a pan and add onion and sweet potato to the skillet and toss to coat. If using turkey bacon, you’ll need to spray skillet with cooking spray or add olive or coconut oil as needed.

  3. Cook until sweet potato has softened, about 10 minutes, then stir in garlic, brussels sprouts and apple and cook for about 10-15 mins longer and until mixture is soft and caramelly. Stir crumbled bacon into the mixture.

  4. In the meantime, poach, fry or scramble eggs, cooking until desired doneness. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

**Nutritional information only includes the main ingredients for this bowl. It does not include egg, ghee or any other add-in.

Roasted Butternut Squash Brown Rice Holiday Salad
Prep time: 15 MINS
Cook time: 30 MINS
Total time: 45 MINS
Serving Amount: 7 Cups
Ingredients
Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Prepare dressing by vigorously whisking all ingredients

Salad:

  • 5 cups butternut squash about 1 medium squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes*
  • 1 large pear cut into ½-inch pieces
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped fresh spinach or other favorite green
  • 1 bag Success® Whole Grain Brown Rice 2 cups, prepared
  • fresh parsley for garnish, if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place butternut squash on a rimmed baking sheet, spray with cooking spray and sprinkle on a dash of salt. Roast for about 30 minutes, and until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare all other ingredients. Cook brown Success® Rice according to package instructions and in a large bowl, combine pear, cranberries, onion, and spinach.
  3. Once squash and rice have cooked, transfer both to a large bowl with other ingredients and stir so that spinach wilts slightly from the heat of the squash and rice.
  4. Pour dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine. Salad can be served warm, at room temperature, or chilled. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.

If you need support in your weight loss journey or help to maintain your healthy, balanced lifestyle our providers are here to support you. To make an appointment at the clinic nearest you call 817-345-0303.

Recipes from: https://www.kimscravings.com/30-healthy-fall-recipes/

19 Simple Weight Loss Tips For Men

If you have ever struggled with weight or just wanted to tone up you know there is nothing easy about losing 5 pounds or 80 pounds. There is a lot that goes into living a healthy lifestyle, but the main ingredients are exercise, diet, and mentality. Making small decisions each day can result in big-time fat loss.

Below are 19 simple and effective ways to lose weight. Start with one (or all) —today!

1. Have a clear goal. It should be one that anyone in the world can measure and understand.

2. Encourage yourself. No one ever accomplished anything by beating themselves up along the way. The more positive your mental state can be through your weight loss journey the more rewarding the journey will be.

3. Get Support. It can be overwhelming with all of the weight loss options out there especially when we have a weight loss goal and aren’t seeing the results. Get a support system in place to help you get to where you want to be.

4. Drink more water. Studies have proven that 2 cups of water before each meal result in greater weight loss. It helps fill you up before you even get started.

5. Start your meals with a salad. Salad will provide extra nutrients and some bulk to help fill you up so that you eat less calories overall. Be sure to avoid the high-calorie dressings and order dressing on the side.

6. Eat more protein regularly throughout the day. Replacing refined carbohydrates with lean protein will increase your metabolism. It’s important to time your intake so you’re eating protein regularly throughout the day—not just in one lump sum like most do at dinner. Every meal and snack should include some protein.

7. Eat more fruit and veggies. No one ever gained weight from eating more fruit or veggies. They fill you up, without providing many calories. That includes the so-called “high sugar” fruits like bananas and melons.

8. Add cayenne pepper to your diet. Cayenne is an ingredient that increases fat burning naturally.

9. Decrease processed carbs. They do nothing for you outside of creating a favorable environment for gaining fat.

10. Don’t forget the fiber. Think of fiber like a sponge; it absorbs water and makes you feel full.

11. Eat breakfast and the bulk of your meals by lunch. Then eat progressively less throughout the day. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that eating most of your calories earlier in the day positively influences weight changes.

12. Watch your portions. Avoid the buffet line and never supersize. Instead, make sure you’re following what the nutrition label recommends for a serving.

13. Do full body exercises. Think squats, deadlifts, chin-ups, and pushups. You’ll get more bang for your buck out of each workout.

14. Lift weights. Heavy weights. Build more muscle, burn more calories.

15. Cut down rest time between sets. This will keep your heart rate elevated, causing an increase in calories burned.

16. Do intervals. Study after study after study continues to show intervals are more effective and time efficient than longer activity performed at a lower intensity.

17. Weigh yourself. Studies show daily weigh-ins help enhance weight loss efforts. Don’t live and die by the number. And of course a scale doesn’t decipher between fat and lean body mass, but it can still be of benefit to keep things “in check.”

18. Use the stairs. That’s right: Skip the escalator and elevator. This won’t make or break success, but every little bit helps.

19. Don’t grocery shop hungry. If you do, you’ll buy everything in the aisle – instead of sticking to your list. And most of the time, the foods you buy when hungry will the kinds that sabotage your weight loss efforts.

T Off Men’s Health is here to support your weight loss journey. Let us be the support team you need to finally create the results you are looking for. With our commitment to supporting our patients in feeling and living their best life we are here for you every step of the way.

How To Cure Your Allergies This Season

Texas is one of the worst states for allergies in all the US and here is why…

As the seasons begin to change, a whole other wave of allergies starts to affect the people of Texas, more specifically the DFW area. The winter is what really sets Texas apart from other areas in terms of bad allergies. Most states endure cold snaps, snow, and regularly freezing temperatures that halts pollen from being spread in the air. In Texas however, the warm environment welcomes the Juniper tree (which we associate with our cedar allergies) to release its pollen in the air. This leads to Texas’ arguably worst allergy season to happen when a large chunk of the country isn’t experiencing allergies at all.Instead of running away, you can still live here in beautiful Texas allergy free. There are plenty of ways to lessen the amount your allergies developed and allergy drops allow your body to build a resistance to these allergies so they no longer bother you.

Are you experiencing sneezing, respiratory issues, hives? How about fatigue or digestive issues? What about watering eyes, running nose or conjestion? These are just a few symptoms that could mean that you have an allergy.

Allergy Testing

We can perform a quick simple test that covers 72 environmental and food allergies to help you keep your energy levels at peak performance. Don’t let allergies destroy your quality of life.

– 30 minute scratch test – Skin tests use extracts — a concentrated liquid form — of common allergens like pollen, mold, dust mites, animal dander, and foods. Once the allergen gets in your skin, it could trigger a rash. Your skin will get irritated and may itch, like a mosquito bite.

– Blood testing – Blood tests for allergies called ELISA studies are the second line method for testing for allergies. It is typically reserved for people who for some medical reason cannot have the scratch test.

How We Treat Allergies

– Allergy Injections – Allergy shots essentially help your body to cope better with allergens in the environment. Allergy shots, also called “immunotherapy,” may work for you if allergy drugs don’t work well or you have symptoms more than three months a year.

– Allergy Drops – Allergy drops work the same way as the shots, but are delivered under the tongue. Both allergy shots and drops must be taken on a regular basis for many months to work effectively.

If you could essentailly cure your allergie in less then an hour would you?

If you are ready to stop suffering and regain your quality of life contact your nearet T Off Men’s Heath Clinic to get allergy testing and treatment. You won’t regret it!

Keller

  • 817-345-0303
  • 8739 Davis Blvd. Suite A Keller, TX 76248
  • Mon,Tues, Thursday, Friday: 7am – 4pm
  • Wednesday: 7am – 6pm

Fort Worth

  • 817-632-5400
  • 3500 West 7th Street Fort Worth, TX 76107
  • Monday – Thursday: 7am – 6pm
  • Friday: 8am – 4pm
  • Saturday: 7am-1pm

Dallas

  • 214-217-8633
  • 2520 Fairmont Street #110 Dallas, TX 75201
  • Monday, Tues, Wed – 7am – 4pm
  • Thursday: 7am – 6pm
  • Friday: 7am – 2pm

Finally Reach Your Ideal Weight

Weight loss is difficult as we all know. But how many of us have tried more than just reading a New York best seller for weight loss, followed a fad diet, did what a friend was doing or just tried to work out more? Have you ever committed yourself to a lifestyle change program that treats weight as a disease process? Weight loss that is permanent only occurs with a committed effort to truly change something about who you are. It means thinking differently about food, fitness, your body, your expectations and setting goals to achieve success. It means properly using food, exercise, problem-solving, medication, nutritional supplements, labs, surgery if needed, coaching – and the list goes on. Weight loss is not a quick fix for many, but we often advertise that it is. How many times have you read, “Lose 30lbs for $99”, as though all you had to do was pay the price and the weight would miraculously fall off. You are given a menu plan, medication, etc… and then you are on your own.

The best systems for weight loss take your personal goals and lifestyle and troubleshoot why you are comfortable where you are. Do you know why you don’t change? In one word, “comfort”. You are uncomfortably comfortable with your current life. Sure you want to lose weight, but why would you want to give up those margaritas or soothing doughnuts. Change is not easy, but your overall health and wellbeing will benefit if you commit to true weightless.

T – Off Men’s Health creates a custom weight loss program to support “you”. We stand by “you” in your successes and failures all the way to the point where you finally find the right solution and true results. We have developed a weight loss plan to achieve your weight loss goal. The plan includes:

  • Meal Plans and shopping lists
  • Access to Wellness Portal
  • Access to a Licensed Dietitian via weekly appointments and 24hr HIPAA compliant messaging portal.
  • Nutrition Classes and guided grocery store shopping
  • Prescription weight loss medication for qualified patients
  • Most important and program that is not stuck on selling you one system, but will tell you what works and what doesn’t because you are the centre of care!

We also offer individual weight loss services:

  • Individual weight loss counseling
  • Group nutrition classes
  • B12 Injections – vitamin injection to boost energy, mood, concentration, and immune system
  • Lipotropic Injections – a mixture of Vitamin B12, B6, C, and a few other vitamins and minerals used to increase the metabolic rate and help the body dissolve excess fat through the liver.

Let’s team up and make your weight loss goals your reality.

Contact the clinic nearest you to set up your appointment and start feeling your best.

The Benefits Of Testosterone Treatment

Maybe at this point, you’ve heard talk of low testosterone, maybe you’ve looked into it, maybe you wrote it off as an “I don’t need that”, kind of thing.  The fact of the matter is that there are millions of American’s walking around feeling the effects of low testosterone, not knowing that is what they are actually experiencing and they are sacrificing quality of life due to being undiagnosed. One of the interesting things about low T is that people don’t talk about it. Hormone replacement for women, for one reason or another, has been happening for decades. Low testosterone in men, on the other hand, is something that doctors and scientists have been tapping into more and more and doing research to learn about the effects of testosterone hormone therapy.

We have written previous blogs about the symptoms of low testosterone in the hopes of opening the conversation and raising awareness. Many people are under the assumption that as long as you can get an erection, you do not have low testosterone. This simply is not the case, low libido is actually often the last symptom to arrive. Just for review sake, the most common symptoms of low T are fatigue, irritability, weight gain, mental fogginess, and muscle loss, followed by a drop in your sex drive and ability to perform long after the other symptoms have become problematic.

This is not an article to dive into the symptoms, we’ve already covered that. This is a blog to discuss the benefits that are experienced once testosterone therapy has taken effect. It’s not just about sex, or desire or erections, it’s about quality of life.

Here are the top 5 benefits of testosterone therapy:

#1- Increase in energy levels

Do you remember the days when you could get up in the morning, work hard all day, come home and head out to play or watch football with your buddies and grab wings getting home by midnight to get up at 6 am to do it all over again? Or maybe when your kids were first born and you would be running on minimal sleep but still have the energy you needed to mow the lawn or head out for a softball game or late night grocery run? Is that energy reserve long dried up? An increase in vitality, stamina, and drive are a reported result of testosterone replacement. This is because your body slows down the production of testosterone as you age, so giving your body what it had, to begin with, is returning the body to its younger state of function.

#2- Mental clarity and increase in cognitive function

How would you like to feel focused on tasks at hand? What about being able to remember people, places, and experiences more clearly? What if you could retain information like you used to? Testosterone binds to proteins throughout your body and brain called androgen receptors. With an increase in testosterone, there is a natural increase of androgen receptors increasing the amount of brain function.

#3- Improved mood

“In some ways, the impact on mood is one of the most profound benefits of T that we see,” says Dr. Morgentaler. “Not everybody has that, but when we see it, it’s remarkable. In my practice, patients will say, ‘Oh, my mood’s OK, maybe I just feel a little bit tired or blah.’ And they come back and they say things like, ‘I wake up in the morning and I’m optimistic about my day. I haven’t felt that way in years.'” -inscribed from Men’s Health Website https://www.menshealth.com/health/a19536692/testosterone-therapy-effects/

#4- Easier to build muscle

Muscles are very responsive to testosterone, this being one of the most physically noticeable benefits of T therapy. It’s not that testosterone replacement automatically builds muscle, you will have to put in some work, but it does take less action to produce better results. So if you are trying to bulk up, and doing everything you can, and not seeing the results you are looking for, low T may be the culprit.

#5- Increase in sex drive

Even if you are not experiencing low libido, you may still have low T. This doesn’t mean that when you are on hormone therapy treatment that it won’t be beneficial to your sex life. Testosterone therapy can increase your desire for sex, can increase the sensitivity and stiffness of your erection, and in turn, increase your sexual pleasure in multiple ways. Another thing to keep in mind is that testosterone therapy actually decreases your sperm count, so if you are wanting or not wanting to procreate that will come as a pro or a con for testosterone therapy.

 

If these benefits haven’t at least sparked your interest in finding out your levels, at least they have educated you about the benefits of being on testosterone. To find out your levels is a quick appointment, you can then discuss your options with one of our providers.

 

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us through our website or call one of our offices. We are here to get you back to feeling great and restore your quality of life.

Finally Get The Allergy Relief You’ve Been Looking For

Whether you experience allergies yourself or not, you definitely know someone that is affected. You know the tell-tale symptoms; red nose and eyes, sinus congestion, sneezing, runny nose and all around look of exhaustion. If you do experience this yourself you know that there can be little relief. It’s quite astounding to hear so many patients say that living other places they never experienced allergies as bad as here in Texas.

So What Are Allergies Actually?

An Allergy is an abnormal immune system response to typical household and environmental substances. These substances are called allergens. They are found in cat and dog hair, plants, molds, and foods. The allergens cause the immune system to overreact.

When a person eats, inhales or gets an allergen on their skin, an allergic reaction occurs. The body attacks the allergen as an invader by producing antibodies. The antibody, called IgE, attaches to the allergen and acts as a messenger. It calls the body’s immune system into action to defend against the allergen. The body then produces histamine from mast cells. Mast cells are found throughout the respiratory and gastrointestinal system. Histamine produces the symptoms associated with allergies such as sneezing, itching, watery eyes and gastrointestinal complaints.

How We Help

We perform a quick simple test that covers 72 environmental and food allergies to help you keep your energy levels at peak performance.

There are two methods we offer at each of our clinics to help you discover what it is that is actually causing your allergic reactions. These methods include:

– 30-minute scratch test – a skin test that uses extracts; a concentrated liquid form of common allergens. These allergins include pollen, mold, dust mites, animal dander, and different foods. Once the allergen gets in your skin, it could trigger a rash. Your skin will get irritated and may itch, like a mosquito bite indicating an allergic reaction.

– Blood testing – Blood tests for allergies called ELISA studies are the second line method for testing for allergies. It is typically reserved for people who for some medical reason cannot have the scratch test.

Once we have identified what it is you are reacting to there are two forms of treatment that we offer. These treatments include:

– Allergy Injections – Allergy shots essentially help your body to cope better with allergens in the environment. Allergy shots are also referred to as “immunotherapy”. These shots may be your best option if over the counter allergy drugs don’t work well or you have symptoms more than three months a year.

– Allergy Drops – Allergy drops work the same way as the shots, but are delivered under the tongue. Both allergy shots and drops must be taken on a regular basis for many months to work effectively.

There are many ways to combat allergies once a person knows what it is they are reacting to. It can be as simple as a shift in lifestyle and can completely raise your quality of life, yet if it goes undiagnosed it can rid you of so much. Find out what it is you are reacting to and begin to manage your life.

Make An Appointment

To book your allergy test at any one of our three clinics call for appointments.

Fort Worth: 817-632-5400
Dallas: 214-217-8633
Keller: 817-345-0303

Why You Need A Primary Care Doctor

A primary care doctor or PCP is a patient’s main source for regular medical care, ideally providing continuity and integration of all health care services. The aims of primary care are to provide the patient with a broad spectrum of preventive and curative care over a period of time and to coordinate all other speciality care that the patient requires.

Medicine and healthcare is changing. Physicians, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners are at the front lines of this change. Having a good relationship with your healthcare provider in this new era of healthcare is not about sick care anymore. As a matter of fact, you can get a cold treated at your local grocery store now or go to any of the 5 urgent care centers in your neighborhood. T Off Men’s Health providers are here to help you stay healthy and focus on wellness. Sure we can treat the common cold, but what about your goals, lifestyle, disease prevention, coaching and exercise programs? Shouldn’t your healthcare be about what it takes to help keep you at the top of your game? T Off Men’s Health providers are consultants – coaches – on your team – for your health.

In an increasingly complex medical world, having a team of knowledgeable physicians who are up to date with the latest medical advances, who also know your health history has become more important then ever.

Research curated by Health Affairs journal found that patients who have a PCP benefit from better management and treatment of chronic diseases, lower overall health-care costs and a higher level of satisfaction with their care.

Here are the five of the most important benefits you gain from building a strong and continuous relationship with a PCP like those found at T Off clinics.

1. Easier COMMUNICATION.

When patients are familiar with their physician and the office staff, appointments are less stressful and more productive. It’s more comfortable to talk about sensitive issues with someone you know in a familiar setting than with a stranger in a strange place.

2. CONTINUITY.

Having a single physician who has seen you for everything from the flu to lab tests to blood-pressure means having a wellness resource who knows your history. When you need an office visit, you don’t have to explain that there’s prostate cancer in your family or list the medications you’re taking and in what doses—it’s all in your record already allowing for faster visits.

3. CONVENIENCE.

With a PCP you can access a variety of health services: preventive care and screenings; care for chronic conditions such as asthma, hypertension and diabetes; and acute care for problems like coughs, digestive issues and high fever. In addition to these regular primary care services T Off Men’s Health also offers speciality services you would otherwise need to see an outside speciality doctor for.

4. EARLY DETECTION.

Consistent check-ups and contact with a single physician and office make it more likely that any health issues will be detected early when they’re most treatable.

5. HEALTH MAINTENANCE.

Your primary care doctor is uniquely positioned to help you avoid health problems. Based on the doctor’s examination and your medical history, he or she can determine whether you’re at increased risk for conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and cancer, and then help you take steps to prevent them from developing.

6. It Just Makes Sense

Most major insurance companies offer a yearly routine physical that is 100% covered to help people manage their health, in turn saving them money in the long run through early detection. By choosing a PCP and booking an appointment with them, you are able to stay on top of your wellness and live the best life you can with the peace of mind that is offered when receiving a clean bill of health.

Now, what are you waiting for? Isn’t it time that you had a primary care practitioner?

Contact the T Off Men’s Health Clinic nearest you to book your next visit.

Fort Worth
817-632-5400
Dallas
214-217-8633
Keller
817-345-0303

 

8 Interesting Facts About Men

Here are 8 facts about men that you may not have known.

  1. Worldwide, men have a life expectancy of 64.52 years, as compared to a life expectancy of 68.76 years for women
  2. The most common cause of death for men in the U.S. is heart disease (the same as for women), and the average age of a first heart attack for men is just 66 years.
  3. In the U.S., men have higher death rates for all of the 15 leading causes of death (with the exception of Alzheimer’s disease) and die more than five years younger than women.
  4. The brains of adult men are about 10% larger in total size than the brains of women. Because men generally have a larger stature and more muscle mass than women, their brains require more neurons to control the body.
  5. Male brains use almost seven times more gray matter for activity while female brains use nearly ten times more white matter
  6. Scientists have discovered that men’s and women’s brains actually function somewhat differently. When focused on a task, men tend to use only one side of their brain at a time, devoting all of their attention and concentration to the task at hand. Women, on the other hand, tend to use both sides of the brain at the same time, making them more adept at “multi-tasking.”
  7. The “Adam’s apple,” or laryngeal prominence in the neck, is a feature primarily unique to adult men and is a result of the growth of the larynx during puberty. The term is derived from the Biblical account of Adam eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.
  8. The first Father’s Day celebration in the U.S. was held on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington, and was conceived of by Sondra Dodd. After listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909, Dodd wished to have a day of recognition for her father as well. Father’s Day became a nationally celebrated holiday in 1972 when the third Sunday in June was designated by public law as a day of recognition for fathers.

Now you know a little more about the differences between men and women. We must take care of ourselves differently. Be sure to take care of the men in your life, get them in for their yearly physical so they can enjoy the healthiest life possible.

What Is A Routine Physical and Why Do I Need One?

What is a routine physical?
Most major insurance companies cover one routine physical per year that is covered at 100%. At this time you can ask your PCP questions about your health or discuss any changes or problems that you have noticed including symptoms that may be connected to low testosterone.

A physical examination is a routine test your primary care provider (PCP) performs to check your overall health. A PCP may be a doctor, a nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant.  You don’t have to be sick to request an exam, it is also known as a wellness exam.

There are different tests that can be performed during your physical examination. Depending on your age or medical or family history, your PCP may recommend additional testing.

A physical examination helps your PCP to determine the general status of your health. The exam also gives you a chance to talk to them about any ongoing pain or symptoms that you’re experiencing or any other health concerns that you might have.

A physical examination is recommended at least once a year. These exams are used to:

  1. check for possible diseases so they can be treated early
  2. identify any issues that may become medical concerns in the future
  3. update necessary immunizations
  4. ensure that you are maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine

These exams are a good way to check cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. These levels may be high without you ever showing any signs or symptoms. Regular screening allows your PCP to treat these conditions before they become severe.

Your PCP may also perform a physical exam before a surgery or before beginning your treatment for a medical condition.

Proper preparation for your physical can help you get the most out of your time with your PCP. You should gather the following information prior to your appointment:

  1. list of current medications, including over-the-counter drugs and any herbal supplements
  2. list of any symptoms or pain you are experiencing
  3. results from any recent or relevant tests
  4. medical and surgical history
  5. names and contact information for other doctors you may have seen recently
  6. if you have an implanted device such as a pacemaker or defibrillator, bring a copy of the front and back of your device card
  7. any additional questions you would like answered

What to expect

During your exam, you will be asked a series of questions regarding your medical history, including any allergies, past surgeries, or symptoms you might have. They may also ask about your lifestyle, including if you exercise, smoke, or drink alcohol. Your PCP will also record your height, weight, and pulse.

Your PCP will usually begin inspecting your body for unusual marks or growths. You may sit or stand during this part of the exam.

Next, they may have you lie down and will feel your abdomen and other parts of your body. When doing this, your PCP is inspecting the consistency, location, size, tenderness, and texture of your individual organs.

A stethoscope will be used to listen to various parts of your body. This could include listening to your lungs while you take deep breaths and listening to your intestines, your heart and your lungs.

Your PCP will also use a technique known as “percussion,” which involves tapping the body like it’s a drum. This technique helps your PCP discover fluid in areas where it shouldn’t be, as well as locate the borders, consistency, and size of organs.

And that’s about the extent of a routine physical examination.

To book your routine physical call the clinic nearest you and be sure to let them know what it is you are interested in knowing about. If getting your testosterone levels checked is a priority make a point of saying so. Also, be sure to have them look into your coverage to ensure that you are covered.

You can trust that having your physical at T Off Men’s Health there will be little to no wait time and you will feel comfortable in the sports-themed clinic atmosphere. Our goal is to have you in and out as quickly as possible so you b=can be on with your day.

We look forward supporting you in feeling your best.

Best Outdoor Cardio Activities This Spring

Now that Spring has sprung, its a perfect time to change up your fitness routine from indoors to outdoors, from the treadmill to the river path. Getting outside into nature can offer different types of benefits to your wellbeing, rather than being cooped up in the gym. Exposing yourself to nature can naturally elevate your mood and give perspective into your life, offering an increase in mental clarity. This aspect of well-being is at our disposal, waiting for us to embrace the beauty that surrounds us.

The DFW Metroplex is very diverse and offers many outdoor activities to enjoy and get your heart rate up. In this blog we are suggesting the top 8 outdoor activities with the average calories you burn within an hour of activity.

  1. Trail Running- on average 400 calories per hour
  2. Biking-approximately 650 calories per hour
  3. Hiking- approximately between 430-550 calories per hour
  4. Kayaking- 230 calories per hour
  5. Stand Up Paddle Boarding- average 615-708 calories per hour
  6. Sand volleyball- approximately 710 calories per hour
  7. Rollerblading- 913 calories at an average pace for one hour
  8. Walking- approximately 250-400 calories  per hour

 

T Off Men’s Health wants to keep you feeling your best, treating you as a whole, we want to support you in maintaining a healthy mind and body. As you know, Texas weather gets very hot come summer, so we highly suggest you take advantage of the mild Spring temperatures while you have the opportunity.

Are we missing anything on our list that you love to do outdoors? Let us know!