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

Acetaminophen and prostate cancer

I was very interested in your article on aspirin and cancer. You commented that aspirin may help prevent cancer, but I can't take aspirin, even in low doses. I use Tylenol for pain and fever - can it also help against cancer? (Locked) More »

On call: Penile shortening post-prostatectomy

I am trying to decide between a radical prostatectomy and radioactive seed therapy for my newly diagnosed prostate cancer. All the doctors I’ve consulted say I have very early disease (PSA 4.9, Gleason score 6) and that I should be cured either way. I’m basing my decision on side effects, but I need more information on one thing I learned about on the Internet, penile shortening.   (Locked) More »

Reducing prostate cancer risk: Good news, bad news, or no new news?

Two recent studies report that common dietary elements appear to reduce prostate cancer risk. The blood fat study contradicted research that suggested omega-3 fats may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. The coffee study counteracts the vague but prevailing belief that something as good as coffee must somehow be bad for you. Results of these studies must be placed in the larger context of how a man's diet affects his overall health. (Locked) More »

Viagra precautions

I am a 64-year-old man with diabetes. I've been having trouble with erections, and my doctor just gave me a prescription for Viagra. He also told me to be careful about using other drugs with Viagra but didn't give me a list. Can you please fill me in? (Locked) More »

ED pills and benign prostatic hyperplasia

Medications for erectile dysfunction (ED) may useful in treating the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), which include frequent urination and incontinence. Combination therapy of ED pills with an alpha blocker and a hormone blocker may reduce the risk of complications for men with large prostates and moderate to severe BPH. More »

Medical memo: Semen quality and survival

How healthy are you, and how does your life expectancy stack up against the average? To answer these questions, your doctor will ask about your smoking, drinking, diet, and exercise. He'll measure your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight or waist size. And he may ask if you're happy or stressed and if you sleep well. These facts and numbers do count; men who rate well in midlife stay healthier and live longer than gents who score poorly. Still, scientists are always looking for additional measurements that predict survival. And research from Denmark proposes an unlikely candidate: semen quality. More »

Pot for the prostate?

Marijuana raises complex legal, social, and economic issues that overshadow the considerable medical controversies. Scientists are studying various cannabinoids, chemical compounds derived from the plant itself. Research from Spain raises the possibility that certain cannabinoids may someday have a role in managing prostate cancer. (Locked) More »

Is sex exercise? And is it hard on the heart?

As many men get older, they wonder if sex is a good form of exercise or if it's too strenuous for the heart. These questions may sound like locker room banter, but they are actually quite important — and they now have solid scientific answers. More »