Men's Health Specialist

Dean K. Otaka, MD

Family Medicine located in Aiea, HI

You may not give a thought to your health now, but you shouldn’t neglect your overall wellness as you age. In certain times of your life, screening tests become more important. Conveniently located in the Aiea area of Honolulu, family practitioner Dean Otaka, MD, offers preventative care for men’s health, including screenings for cholesterol and high blood pressure. Take charge of your health today by calling or scheduling a consultation online.

Men's Health Q & A

What is a men’s health exam?

A men’s health exam is a routine check-up with the goal of keeping you healthy. The focus of a men’s health exam is preventative care. The exam helps catch health conditions before they become serious.

A men’s health exam includes tests of your vital signs, screening tests, and immunizations. Here are just a few of the reasons a men’s health exam is important to your lasting well-being:

  • To update vaccinations
  • To encourage a healthy lifestyle
  • To measure your risk for future medical problems
  • To test for age-related medical issues

By meeting with Dr. Otaka regularly, he’ll get to know you and the state of your health in case you come down with an illness.

What happens at a men’s health exam?

A typical exam includes a review of your health history. You may be asked about medications you take, allergies, and any recent illnesses or surgeries. Dr. Otaka takes your vital signs, including your blood pressure, temperature, weight, and height. He’ll listen to your heart and lungs, and look in your ears, eyes, nose, and throat.

Dr. Otaka may want to draw blood for testing. Tests like a metabolic panel or a complete blood count identify possible issues with your blood, immune system, liver, and kidneys.

What screenings occur at a men’s health exam?

Screening tests check for potential health problems. Suggested screening tests are based on your age.

For men ages 18-39:

  • Cholesterol screening: Health guidelines suggest screening for cholesterol in men between ages 20-35. If your cholesterol levels are normal, you won’t need this test repeated for five years.
  • Diabetes screening: If you’re overweight or your blood pressure is 140/80 mm Hg or higher, Dr. Otaka may recommend testing your blood for diabetes.

For men ages 40-64:

  • Prostate cancer screening: Dr. Otaka may suggest this screening test if you’re age 50 or older.
  • Osteoporosis: If you’re between ages 50-70 and at risk for osteoporosis, Dr. Otaka may recommend screening for this condition.
  • Colorectal cancer: Guidelines suggest screening for this disease between ages 50-75. You may need screening at an earlier age if you display certain risk factors.

If it’s been a while since you’ve had a check-up, then it’s time you made your lasting health a priority. Call or schedule a consultation online today with Dean Otaka, MD.