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

Ask the doctor: Concern about a now "normal" PSA

I am 68 years old, and recently my PSA level (which was normal before) increased to 5.2 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml). My doctor repeated the test one month later, and it was normal again at 3.3 ng/ml. Should I still be concerned? More »

Not satisfied with your sex life?

Erectile dysfunction usually stems from inadequate blood supply to the penis, but other causes can contribute. Diagnosing it and getting the right treatment requires a frank conversation with a doctor about your sexual function. Full sexual function requires sufficient arousal before intercourse. The most widely used drugs for erectile problems work in most men, but insurance coverage is limited, and they have potential side effects. (Locked) More »

Vasectomy and prostate cancer

Vasectomy has been linked to higher risk of eventually being diagnosed with prostate cancer, but there is no convincing proof that one actually causes the other. (Locked) More »

CPR Resource Center

Nearly 1,000 Americans are felled each day by a cardiac arrest. Most die, even though many are just inches away from life-sustaining treatment—someone who can do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Someone like you. Don't know how? The American Heart Association, American Red Cross, and other organizations offer classes in almost every city in the country. You can teach yourself at home with the heart association's CPR personal learning program. In a pinch, you can teach yourself. This page offers a step-by-step guide to doing CPR, information on using a defibrillator to jump start a heart, and other life-saving resources. The best way to learn CPR is to take a class. The easiest way to find one in your area is to look up online, or call, the American Heart Association (toll-free, 877-AHA-4CPR) or the American Red Cross (202-303-5000). If you like to learn things at your own rate, or in privacy, the American Heart Association has something for you. The Family & Friends CPR Anytime Personal Learning Program is a kit that comes with a videodisc, an instruction manual, and an inflatable mannequin so you can get the feel of doing CPR and practice at home. The AHA says the $35 kit can teach you the basics of CPR in just 22 minutes. Completing the lesson doesn't give you certification in CPR, but it does give you the skills you need to perform CPR if you ever need to. You can order the kit online at www.cpranytime.org or by calling the AHA (toll free) at 877-AHA-4CPR. More »