Men's Health

The average man pays less attention to his health than the average woman. Compared to women, men are more likely to

  • drink alcohol and use tobacco
  • make risky choices
  • not see a doctor for regular checkups

Men are assailed by the diseases that can affect anyone—heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, depression… But they also have unique issues such as prostate cancer and benign prostate enlargement.

Many of the major health risks that men face can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle: regular exercise, a healthy diet, not smoking, stress reduction, and alcohol consumption in the moderate range (no more than two drinks a day) if at all. Regular checkups and screening tests can spot disease early, when it is easiest to treat.

So don't be an average man — get on board with protecting your health today.

Men's Health Articles

Should I continue PSA screening for prostate cancer?

While some guidelines suggest stopping prostate cancer screening after age 70, the decision to continue depends on a man’s general health and life expectancy. Before a man decides to continue with PSA testing, he should consider what he would do with an abnormal result. While getting a biopsy provides the most crucial information, other non-invasive tests can help with decision making. Most prostate cancers diagnosed by screening are low-grade. So, men have a choice to monitor the cancer rather than proceed to immediate treatment. More »

New ways to test for prostate cancer

PSA tends to increase as men get older, but levels that get too high may suggest prostate cancer. Many doctors consider a total PSA level higher than 10 ng/mL (nanograms per milliliter) as the threshold for getting a biopsy to check for cancer. But men with levels between 4 ng/mL and 10 ng/mL have to decide with their doctors whether to go forward with a biopsy or monitor their condition. Nowadays, men with mild to moderately elevated PSA levels can get additional noninvasive tests that can help with the decision process. (Locked) More »

Focusing on your future

People may understand their life spans are limited, but they often don’t internalize how much time they actually have left. This mindset can delay goal setting and long-term preparation, which increases the chances of later problems in areas like finances, housing, and health. But embracing this reality of mortality can help people grasp a sense of urgency, so they get the most from their remaining years. (Locked) More »

Predicting low-risk prostate cancer

Men who follow active surveillance for managing their low-risk prostate cancer can now use two online calculators to estimate if their cancer will become aggressive in the future. Men can share this information with their doctor to help establish new strategies regarding when they should have PSA tests and biopsies, and whether to continue active surveillance. (Locked) More »

Radiation after prostate cancer surgery may not be necessary

Many men who have surgery to remove a cancerous prostate receive radiation therapy afterward to wipe out any residual cancer. Alternatively, men can delay radiation and be monitored for signs of returning cancer. New research found that both strategies have similar outcomes. More »

"Awe" walks inspire more joy, less distress

A study published online Sept. 21, 2020, by Emotion found that looking for things that spark a sense of wonder during a 15-minute walk led to increased feelings of awe, joy, compassion, and gratitude. More »

Unlocking the mystery of chronic pelvic pain syndrome

Chronic pelvic pain syndrome—also known as chronic prostatitis—is one of the most puzzling conditions for older men. Because the cause is unknown and there is no defined strategy for treatment, doctors often take a trial-and-error approach to managing the common symptoms like pain, sexual dysfunction, and urination problems. These include different types of medication, physiotherapy, stress management, exercise, and diet modification. (Locked) More »

Get back in sexual sync

It’s common for longtime partners to fall into a romantic rut when intimacy and sex gets routine and less exciting. Couples can try many strategies help get back into sexual sync, such as scheduling sex, adopting new hobbies as a couple, and exploring and sharing personal desires. More »