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

Prostate biopsy: What to expect

Prostate biopsy has risks as well as benefits. A small percentage of men get infections. If an infection gets out of control, it can end in hospitalization. Temporary biopsy after-effects include rectal bleeding, blood in the semen, and urinary problems. It is possible to have a negative biopsy result (no cancer found) but still have cancer. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of this procedure. More »

Should I worry about finasteride side effect reports?

Some men who took finasteride for urinary problems (Proscar) or balding (Propecia) have reported permanent sexual side effects such as low sex drive or ejaculation problems. It is not established for certain that the side effects are caused by the drug. More »

Should you get a PSA test?

The latest thinking in PSA testing is that prostate cancer screening should not be offered routinely to all men. Because of the testing, many men are diagnosed and treated for cancers that would not have made them sick or shortened their lives. For such men, the treatment—which can produce side effects—is worse than the disease. Although PSA screening has been thought to offer most potential benefit to men at elevated risk, such as African American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer, this has not been shown in studies conducted to date.  More »

When it's okay to delay hernia surgery

Up to 40% of men develop a groin hernia in their lifetimes. In the past, men were told to have the condition repaired to prevent a potentially dangerous complication, strangulated hernia. But strangulated hernia is actually relatively rare. Unless a hernia is causing distress or limiting a man’s activities, he can safely delay repair indefinitely.   More »

Your PSA test result: What's next?

When used to check for hidden prostate cancer, the PSA test does not offer a clear and unambiguous result. The test indicates only that a person may have cancer, but a biopsy is required to confirm the actual presence of cancer. If your doctor is concerned about your PSA test result, he or she might suggest additional testing to rule out noncancerous causes and to further assess your cancer risk before recommending that you undergo a biopsy.   More »

What you need to know about: vaccines

All adults are advised to get flu vaccines each year. However, immunization doesn’t last a lifetime, so you should check to see if all of your vaccinations are current. You need a tetanus booster every 10 years. All adults 65 or older should get the pneumonia shot once (and a second time after age 65 if the first shot was given when they were younger than 65). The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the shingles vaccine for people ages 50 and older; however, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices continues to recommend that vaccination begin at age 60. More »

Calcium supplement basics

Taking calcium in the form of dietary supplements can increase bone strength, but it's not clear if this helps to prevent fractures in men, and calcium supplements carry potential risks. Calcium from food does have important health benefits. More »

Should you skip your PSA test?

When a federally sponsored expert panel recommended that men not routinely undergo PSA testing for prostate cancer risk, it touched off a firestorm of controversy that continues today. Media reports presented conflicting expert opinions on the pros and cons of PSA screening for cancer. In such uncertain times, it behooves all men to learn as much as they can about the risks and benefits of PSA testing and make a deeply informed decision that could have serious health consequences—both good and bad. More »

Testing your testosterone: It's tricky

Many men are turning to testosterone supplementation to boost flagging libido, lift their spirits, and improve their mental and physical performance. But blood tests for diagnosing "low T" are notoriously unreliable. Measuring total testosterone can produce misleading results in men with low-normal hormone levels. But by combining more than one kind of blood test, and by making sure to retest, your doctor can offer you a reasonably reliable diagnosis and possibly offer a short-term trial of testosterone to see if it makes you feel better. More »