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Men's Health

  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
    Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is also called benign prostatic hypertrophy. It’s when the prostate gland becomes very large and may cause problems passing urine. BPH is not cancer, and is a common part of aging.
  • Breast Cancer in Men

    Detailed information on breast cancer in males, including symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Health Care Guidelines For Men

    Use these guidelines as a reminder to take care of your personal health care needs, and also as a list of topics to discuss with your doctor.

  • Conditions of Concern to Men

    Detailed information on the most common health concerns for men, including male breast cancer, gynecomastia, colorectal cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), hair loss, heart attack, high blood pressure (hypertension), insomnia, low back pain, inferti

  • Exercise

    Exercise doesn't have to be vigorous to offer health benefits. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily, or on most days of the week.

  • Hair Loss

    Hair loss is believed to be primarily caused by a combination of factors, including aging, changing hormones, illness, and family history.

  • Heart Attack

    A heart attack occurs when the blood supply is cut off from the heart muscle, usually because of a blood clot. Without blood and oxygen, the muscle cells are damaged and die.

  • Impotence/Erectile Dysfunction
    Erectile dysfunction (ED) or impotence means you can’t get an erection. It can also mean you are dissatisfied with the size or hardness of your erections, or how long your erections last.
  • Home Page - Men's Health

    Detailed information on the most common health concerns for men, including male breast cancer, gynecomastia, colorectal cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), hair loss, heart attack, high blood pressure (hypertension), insomnia, low back pain, inferti

  • Insomnia

    Insomnia is trouble falling to sleep or staying asleep. One in 3 adults has bouts of insomnia.

  • Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper's Knee)

    Jumper’s knee is caused by overuse of your knee joint, such as frequent jumping on hard surfaces. It’s usually a sports-related injury, linked to leg muscle contraction and the force of hitting the ground.

  • Overview of the Male Anatomy

    The male reproductive anatomy includes the bladder, epididymis, penis, scrotum, and prostate gland.

  • Online Resources - Men's Health

    List of online resources to find additional information on men's health

  • Oral Cancer

    Ninety percent of oral cancer cases are caused by tobacco use. Oral cancer can affect the lips, teeth, gums, and lining of the mouth.

  • Peyronie's Disease
    Peyronie's disease causes hard, flat plaque to form under the skin on the tissue of the penis. The plaque often starts as an inflammation that may develop into scar tissue. It can cause pain and a sharp curve in the penis during erections.
  • Preventing Sports Injuries

    Good preventive steps: Warm up before you work out, alternate days for exercising certain muscle groups, and cool down when you're done.

  • Topic Index - Men's Health

    Detailed information on the most common health concerns for men, including male breast cancer, gynecomastia, colorectal cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), hair loss, heart attack, high blood pressure (hypertension), insomnia, low back pain, inferti

  • Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Introduction
  • Sports Injuries

    Many sports injuries can be prevented with proper conditioning and training, wearing appropriate protective gear, and using proper equipment.

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases

    Women suffer more frequent and severe symptoms from STDs. Some STDs can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can lead to both infertility and ectopic pregnancy.

  • Testicular Cancer

    Testicular cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer, but the symptoms may resemble other conditions or medical problems.

  • Oral Cancer and Tobacco

    All tobacco products, from cigarettes to snuff, contain toxins, carcinogens, and nicotine, an addictive substance.

  • Vasectomy

    Vasectomy is a permanent male birth control measure and a means of contraception used in many parts of the world.

  • Overview of Obesity

    Obesity is a serious, chronic disease that can inflict substantial harm to a person’s health. Learn about obesity causes and obesity health effects.

  • Obesity Treatment Overview

    Whatever treatment plan a person follows, losing weight slowly will be more effective and healthy over the long term.

  • Medical Treatment for Obesity

    Medical treatment can help with weight loss if your own efforts are unsuccessful—or if you have a medical condition that makes it crucial to lose weight.

  • Gastric Restrictive Surgery

    Gastric restrictive surgery is a type of bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery. It limits the amount of food you can eat. This surgery may be used to treat severe obesity when diet, exercise, and medication have failed.

  • Maintaining Weight Loss

    Keeping extra weight off requires effort and commitment, just as losing weight does.

  • Preventing Obesity

    Given the chronic diseases and conditions associated with obesity and the fact that obesity is difficult to treat, prevention is extremely important.

  • Metabolic Syndrome

    Metabolic syndrome is a condition that includes the presence of a cluster of risk factors specific for cardiovascular disease. Metabolic syndrome significantly raises the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and/or stroke.

  • Runner’s Knee
    Runner's knee means that you have dull pain around the front of the knee (patella). This is where the knee connects with the lower end of the thighbone (femur).
  • Shin Splints
    Shin splints refers to pain and tenderness along or just behind the large bone in the lower leg (the tibia).
  • Stress Fractures

    Stress fractures are weak spots or small cracks in the bone caused by continuous overuse. They often occur in the foot after training for basketball, running, and other sports.

  • Male Growth and Development

    Detailed information on male growth and development

  • Care of the Uncircumcised Penis in Teens

    In an uncircumcised boy, the foreskin will begin to separate from the glans, or the tip of the penis. This happens naturally while the male is an infant. This is called foreskin retraction.

  • Exercise and the Aging Person

    Exercise is good for people of all ages. It helps lower blood pressure, reduces the risks for falls and serious injuries, and slows the body's loss of muscle and bone mass.

  • Gastric Bypass (Malabsorptive) Surgery Procedure
    Gastric bypass surgery, a type of bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery), is a procedure that alters the process of digestion. Bariatric surgery is the only option today that effectively treats morbid obesity in people for whom more conservative measures such as diet, exercise, and medication have not been effective.
  • Male Infertility
    Infertility is a disease of the reproductive system. It makes a person unable to have children. It can affect a man, a woman, or both. Male infertility means that a man has a problem with his reproductive system. It means you cannot start a pregnancy with your female partner.
  • Obesity

    Detailed information on obesity, including obesity causes, obesity health effects, obesity medical treatment, obesity surgical treatment, maintaining weight loss, and obesity prevention

  • Overview of Sports Injuries
  • Physical Exam: Adolescent Male

    Detailed information on what males can expect during a physical examination

  • Routine Vaccination Recommendations

    Specific vaccine recommendations vary depending on age, geographic location, and other risk factors.

  • Lumbar Strain

    A lumbar strain is an injury to the lower back, which results in damaged tendons and muscles that spasm and feel sore.

  • Puberty: Adolescent Male

    During puberty, a teenage boy will grow taller and heavier, and hormones will lead to sexual maturity.

  • Sleep Apnea
    Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition. It is far more common than generally understood. Sleep apnea occurs in all age groups and both genders.
  • Special Vaccination Requirements

    Review your immunization history with your health care provider and be sure that children over the age of 2 are on schedule with their vaccine series.

  • Preventing Cardiovascular Diseases

    Living a healthier lifestyle can help prevent heart disease. Don't smoke, eat a heart-healthy diet, and get regular exercise.

  • Treatment of Obesity

    Detailed information on obesity treatment, including obesity medical treatment, obesity surgical treatment, obesity gastric bypass (malabsorptive) surgery, and obesity gastric stapling (restrictive) surgery

  • Surgical Treatment for Obesity

    Detailed information on obesity surgical treatment, including gastric bypass surgery, and gastric stapling surgery

  • Urinary Incontinence

    Urinary incontinence is the loss of urine control, or the inability to hold your urine until you can reach a bathroom.

  • Low Back Pain

    Everyone has experienced low back pain at one time or another. Most people can recover from low back pain with home treatment such as activity modification, weight loss, quitting smoking and other steps. Sometimes medication or surgery is needed.

  • Prostate Cancer: Statistics
  • Food Intolerance After Gastric Band Surgery

    If you are severely obese, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) can help you lose at least half of your extra weight.

  • Adjustable Gastric Band: What Happens If You Don’t Follow Your New Diet

    Food intolerance means that after surgery you may have problems eating foods that you once ate or that are part of your new diet. This can make it hard to stick to your new diet and keep the pounds off.

  • Problems with Digesting Fat After Weight-Loss Surgery

    Certain types of weight-loss surgery change the way your body deals with the nutrients in the foods you eat. This causes a rapid amount of weight loss, but also may lead to complications.

  • Dumping Syndrome After Gastric Bypass Surgery

    Dumping syndrome is a problem for many people who have had gastric bypass surgery. It happens when the solid parts of a meal get “dumped” directly from the stomach into the small intestine without being digested. This can feel uncomfortable and may even lead to malnutrition if it isn’t treated.

  • Iron Deficiency After Gastric Bypass Surgery

    Iron deficiency and anemia are common after a gastric bypass or other weight-loss surgery, especially in women. In fact, iron deficiency can occur in more than half of women who are premenopausal who have this surgery.

  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Overview

    This surgery takes out the part of your stomach that curves outward, called the fundus. After the fundus is taken out, your surgeon will close the rest of your stomach into a tube shape that looks like a banana.

  • Risks of Gastric Bypass Surgery: Anastomotic Leaking

    One risk of gastric bypass surgery is that the anastomosis, the new connection created in your intestines during the bypass surgery, will leak. Leaking of digestive juices and partially digested food through an anastomosis is one of the most serious complications after bypass surgery.

  • Stomal (Anastomotic) Stenosis After Gastric Bypass Surgery

    After a gastric bypass procedure for weight loss, some people may develop a narrowing of the new connection between their stomach and lower intestine. This complication is called stomal stenosis, or anastomotic stenosis.

  • Afferent Loop Syndrome
    Afferent loop syndrome is a complication of certain types of stomach surgery.
  • Efferent Loop Syndrome

    Efferent loop syndrome is one of two "loop syndromes" that can occur after some types of gastric surgery. In a loop syndrome, a portion or "limb" of the small intestine becomes blocked.

  • Risks of Bariatric Surgery: Anemia

    Anemia is a condition in which your blood contains lower than normal levels of red blood cells or red blood cells that contain too little of the protein hemoglobin. It is a common complication of weight-loss surgery.

  • Blind Loop Syndrome

    In blind loop syndrome, food is not able to follow the normal digestive route. Instead, it bypasses a section of your intestine.

  • Doctors Who Specialize in Obesity

    Some doctors specialize in treating patients who are obese or overweight. These doctors are called bariatric doctors or bariatricians. Some of these doctors may also be bariatric surgeons.

  • Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Health Issues

    people who are gay, lesbian, or transgender may be at greater risk for health problems because they don’t always see a doctor when they need to. This may be because they feel embarrassed, have had a bad experience, fear judgment, or have a health care provider who is uninformed.

  • How Lifestyle and Medical History Affect Cancer Risk: Facts for Gay and Bisexual Men

    Gay and bisexual men are at higher risk of developing certain cancers, including lung, anal, skin, and prostate cancer.

  • Top 10 Cancers Among Men

    Cancer claims the lives of more than 300,000 men a year in the U.S. Early diagnosis and treatment can help reduce the risk of death.

  • Liposarcoma

    A liposarcoma is a rare type of cancer that develops in your fatty tissue. This type of tumor can grow anywhere in your body. Common places include your abdomen, thigh, and behind your knee.

  • Carcinoid Tumor

    Carcinoid tumor is a rare type of tumor that grows slowly.