Erectile dysfunction & men's health
Man Up / Man DownJune 13, 2024x
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Erectile dysfunction & men's health

In the latest episode of "Man Up / Man Down", we welcome Dr. Luke Pratsides, a prominent NHS GP from East London and head of medical at Numan, the UK's leading men's health brand. Dr. Pratsides is an expert in men's health, particularly in areas like sexual dysfunction, hormones, and weight management, and has a broad experience in hospital medicine, including trauma, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, obstetrics, gynaecology, psychiatry, general medicine, and stroke medicine.

Dr. Pratsides begins by explaining his journey into medicine and how his interest in digital health started in 2016. He was particularly interested in how digital technology could enhance patient care by considering not just the clinical needs but also the emotional and practical needs of patients. He emphasises the importance of understanding what a health issue means to a patient emotionally and practically, which is often overlooked in traditional healthcare.

We discuss how the NHS excels in clinical care but often falls short in addressing the emotional and practical needs of patients due to resource constraints. Dr. Pratsides notes that traditional NHS services are not designed to handle the personal and emotional aspects of healthcare efficiently, leading to feelings of neglect among patients.

The conversation then shifts to the specific challenges men face in seeking healthcare. Men, due to societal norms and work pressures, often delay seeking medical help until a serious problem arises. Dr. Pratsides highlights that men are less familiar with navigating the healthcare system compared to women, who have more frequent interactions with healthcare services due to screenings and reproductive health needs.

Dr. Pratsides introduces Numan’s approach to men's health, which leverages digital technology to provide accessible and personalised care. Newman focuses on conditions like erectile dysfunction, weight management, and hormone therapy. The goal is to engage men early, address underlying health issues, and prevent serious conditions like heart attacks and strokes.

Volker and David share their personal experiences and questions, delving into the ripple effect of health issues on family and relationships. Dr. Pratsides explains how Numan’s digital platform allows for continuous and convenient communication with healthcare professionals, addressing both clinical and emotional needs effectively.

The discussion also touches on the potential of private digital health services to complement the NHS by alleviating some of its burdens. Dr. Pratsides argues that affordable private services like Numan can take pressure off the NHS by providing timely and accessible care, thus preventing more serious health issues that require intensive NHS resources.

Overall, the episode underscores the importance of a holistic approach to men's health, combining digital technology with a deep understanding of patient needs. Dr. Pratsides insights offer a promising vision of how healthcare can evolve to better serve men's health and well-being.

You can find out more on or contact Dr. Pratsides via LinkedIn

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