Because men are less likely to visit their health care provider, they may also be less aware of the health risks that affect men, specifically, including:
Many men experience urinary changes as they age. In many cases, these changes do not need specific treatment. When urinary changes cause problems, they can be treated successfully by lifestyle changes, medication, surgery or a combination of the three.
Benign enlargement of the prostate gland (BPH) is more common as men get older. It can cause troublesome symptoms, although it doesn’t always.
The urethra passes through the prostate gland, so men may have problems urinating if the enlarged gland restricts the flow of urine. If the flow stops completely, a catheter is required to empty the bladder. It is rare for this form of acute urinary retention to cause kidney damage.
An enlarged prostate doesn't always cause urinary problems. Studies indicate that the size of a man's prostate gland has little influence on the type or severity of his urination problems. BPH is just one possible cause of urinary symptoms.
Another cause of urinary symptoms can be changes to the muscular wall of the bladder, which may cause spasms of the bladder or weaken the bladder, causing problems passing urine.
Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular (blood vessel) diseases are among the leading cause of death and now kill more than 800,000 adults in the US each year. Of these, 150,000 are younger than age 65. These diseases are also two of the leading causes of health disparities in the US. Treatment of these diseases accounts for 1 in every 6 US health dollars spent. Two main reasons people have heart disease or stroke are high blood pressure and cholesterol, which are common, deadly, and preventable. Nearly 2 out of 3 adults with high cholesterol and about half of adults with high blood pressure don’t have their condition yet under control.
Treatment for diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol can be safe and effective. Once under control, patients are amazed at the difference in their daily physical condition.
The statistics are alarming. Nearly 70% of Americans over the age of 20 can be categorized as overweight or obese, which dramatically increases their risk for numerous chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and multiple cancers. According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity can shorten an average life expectancy by up to 14 years, and that’s why physicians continue to warn overweight and obese patients about the seriousness of losing weight.
Experts and patients agree medically supervised weight loss is by far the most effective way to lose weight and keep it off.
Prostate, colon, and skin cancer affect men across Texas.
Talking to your doctor about erectile dysfunction may be embarrassing for some men, and obviously it is a delicate subject. You may be surprised to learn that 75% of ED causes are physical in nature. Until you discover the “why,” you won’t be able to focus on the “how” to fix the problem.
While most STDs and STIs do cause symptoms, many are easily mistaken for other conditions. In some cases, there are no symptoms at all. Possible STIs in males include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and hepatitis. All can be treated effectively and quickly.
Testosterone is the male sex hormone. As men get older, their bodies produce less of it. Starting in middle age, it often drops below levels that doctors consider normal.
Low testosterone symptoms include: