Spotlight on men’s health | 2 min read

Our spotlight on men’s health starts with Dr Neil Richards, a Family Physician at Intercare Blaauwberg in Cape Town. He was inspired to become a doctor by Prof Chris Barnard, who did the world’s first heart transplant in 1967 and was driven and fearless.

Dr Richards is married and has twin boys 16 years old. He believes that the most important quality as a doctor is empathy for one’s patients. Also, to be consistent with your values and keep up with changes in the medical field to benefit one’s patients.

Importance of exercise
The best way to remain healthy is to stay flexible and exercise regularly. Regular activity may reduce your risk of a heart attack, manage your weight better, have lower blood pressure, and have stronger bones, muscels, and joints. It can also boost your mood and energy levels to improve your sex life. Start exercising by identifying your fitness goals and building activity in your daily routine. Begin slowly and progress as you get fitter. Dr Richard stays healthy by doing yoga, gym, hiking, playing golf, and fishing.

Health and wellness
Taking time away from work can have physical and mental health benefits. It includes higher energy levels, a positive outlook on life, and more motivation to achieve goals. Relax by doing things that you enjoy, as it will contribute to your overall wellbeing and productivity. Remember to also get enough sleep to up your energy levels and mental alertness.

“In true South African style, I slow down by having a braai over the weekends with family and friends, and I don’t work on my computer or phone. I always look at the positive side of each situation and know that most bad things will come to pass in time”, says Dr Richards.

Let’s talk about sex
“Sex is important. Always have an open, honest relationship with your partner and communicate with your partner about what you enjoy sexually. If you don’t have a regular partner, always use a condom and check the expiration dates before use.

Unfortunately, I have to help so many patients who live with regrets after short-term impulsive sexual behaviour.”

Stress, lack of sleep, and excess drinking can affect your ability to achieve or maintain an erection. If you’re failing 50% of the time or more, you could have ED (Erectile Dysfunction). Talk to your doctor.

To learn more about the services that Intercare offers men, visit our page and make a booking online at a facility near you.

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