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

Carbohydrates in your diet: It's the quality that counts

Low-carbohydrate diets have gained popularity. However, in healthy eating, the quality of the carbohydrates, not the quantity, is the key determining factor in a healthy diet. Foods rich in high-quality carbohydrates include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These foods contain a wide range of nutrients and are rich in fiber. The fiber allows the food to be digested slowly. This prevents large swings in blood sugar and insulin, which are associated with diabetes, heart disease, and weight gain. (Locked) More »

Is testosterone therapy safe? Take a breath before you take the plunge

The marketing of therapy for low testosterone highlights the short-term benefits, like increased energy, mental sharpness, and improved sexual function. But serious concerns remain about potential long-term risks. They include higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, and death from heart disease and possibly a higher risk of prostate cancer. Men should understand the unknowns about testosterone therapy and consider alternatives before starting on it. More »

New tests promise smarter prostate cancer screening and treatment

A number of new tests combine measurements of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) with other cancer markers in blood and urine to more accurately identify men who should have a prostate biopsy to look for prostate cancer. New gene-based tests provide information to help decide whether a man should have a repeat biopsy when the previous one found no cancer, yet PSA remains high. Gene-based tests can also help men and their doctors assess how likely the cancer is to spread and progress. A slow-growing, low-risk cancer may not demand immediate treatment. In that situation, a man could choose to closely monitor the cancer and move forward with treatment only when the cancer shows signs of spreading. This strategy is known as active surveillance or watchful waiting. (Locked) More »

Try these techniques to relieve common urinary symptoms without medication

Some men with mild-to-moderate symptoms of noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), can try a conservative approach called watchful waiting. This involves monitoring the symptoms over time until a man feels it is time to consider additional treatments, such as medications or surgery. In the meantime, behavior changes can help control symptoms. These include restricting fluids, modifying the use of prescription or over-the-counter medications that worsen symptoms, and changing the timing and manner in which the bladder is emptied. More »

New evidence that a heart-healthy diet also helps fight prostate cancer

Heart-healthy nutrition helps prevent prostate cancer and may slow the progression of low-risk prostate cancer to a more aggressive form. A key element is replacing animal fats and refined carbohydrates with healthier vegetable fats from foods such as avocados, walnuts, and soybean, canola, and olive oils. These steps also fight heart disease, which remains the leading killer of American men. More »

Pain beyond the prostate

Chronic pelvic pain is difficult to treat. If pain is related to a prostate infection, antibiotics can cure the condition. Most cases of chronic pelvic pain in men do not trace back to infections, and doctors have few proven treatments to offer. After exhausting the standard options, consider alternative therapies if they ease the discomfort and pain and do no harm. (Locked) More »

Prostate help: A test that can help you avoid unnecessary prostate biopsies

PSA testing to check for hidden prostate cancer in other wise healthy men identifies a potential risk but is not a diagnosis. Diagnosing cancer requires a prostate needle biopsy, which is painful for some men and may lead to bleeding and infection. In men with moderately elevated PSA levels, three-quarters of biopsies do not confirm the presence of cancer. The PCA3 test can help some men avoid unnecessary repeat biopsies after a biopsy does not find cancer and PSA levels remain high. (Locked) More »