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

Blood pressure goals: How low should you go?

The higher a person’s blood pressure, the greater the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and death from heart-related illness. Doctor’s usually recommend blood pressure medication when a person’s pressure surpasses 140/90. The higher the pressure to start, the greater the health benefit of lowering it below 140/90. But taking multiple medications, poor health, and older age can make aggressive drug therapy for high blood pressure riskier. But a healthy man with high blood pressure may be able to tolerate more medication and thus benefit more from the treatment. More »

Erectile dysfunction and the drugs to treat it

Erectile dysfunction is diagnosed when a man has difficulty attaining and sustaining an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. Prescription medications are the first line of treatment. All of the drugs need to be taken about an hour before activity, on an empty stomach. Some drugs may work in half an hour or less. Excessive alcohol use may reduce the effect of the drug. (Locked) More »

Do multivitamins make you healthier?

Research has not shown yet that taking a multivitamin reduces the chance of heart disease or mental decline, but it does reduce the risk of being diagnosed with cancer or developing cataracts. Some experts say taking a daily supplement is not worth the trouble, but other experts think it may be worth it. No study has shown multivitamins to be risky, but that doesn’t mean they are not. It is not a good idea to take large doses of particular vitamins, especially vitamins A or E. Taking a multivitamin will not confer the same health benefit as eating a varied, balanced, nutritious diet. More »

When is it time to stop being checked for prostate cancer?

Routine PSA testing to check for prostate cancer is no longer recommended for most men. Guidelines specifically discourage routine testing for men 70 and older. But despite what the experts suggest, many men and their doctors continue to opt for regular PSA tests. This includes a surprisingly large number of men in their 70s. Older men stand less to benefit from PSA testing because of a shorter life span. Having any chronic health conditions also reduces the potential benefit. Those who choose to continue testing anyway should be aware of the potential risks. The risks include the chance of serious complications of treatment, which most men choose after diagnosis with low-risk, early-stage prostate cancer. More »

Genital herpes: Common but misunderstood

Studies report that at least a quarter of all adults are infected with the sexually transmitted herpes virus. A guide to managing its sympoms and protecting yourself from this highly infectious disease. (Locked) More »

Hot flashes in men: An update

It's not just women: Men undergoing androgen deprivation therapy can have hot flashes, too. Treatment options include medication and hormone replacement. More »