Health Information

Men's Health

  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

    BPH is a condition in which the prostate gland becomes very enlarged and may cause problems associated with urination.

  • 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

    For most men, erectile dysfunction is caused by physical problems, usually related to the blood supply of the penis. Many advances have occurred in both diagnosis and treatment of erectile dysfunction.

  • 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, the term for having trouble sleeping at night, is one of the most common sleep complaints. About one in three adults has bouts of insomnia that last a few days at a time.

  • Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper's Knee)

    Jumper's knee is also known as patellar tendonitis. It may be caused by overuse of the knee joint, such as frequent jumping on hard surfaces.

  • 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 is characterized by a plaque, or hard lump, that forms on the erection tissue of the penis.

  • 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

  • Skin Cancer

    Detailed information on skin cancer, including causes, risk factors, prevention, types, and how to perform a skin self-examination

  • 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 Stapling (Restrictive) Surgery

    Gastric stapling surgery is a type of weight loss surgery that limits the amount of food a person can eat.

  • 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

    Most people who have metabolic syndrome have insulin resistance. This may be a beginning of the development of type 2 diabetes.

  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner's Knee)

    Runner's knee occurs when the kneecap rubs against the thighbone as it moves. The condition can be caused by a structural defect or a certain way of walking or running.

  • Shin Splints

    Shin splints involve damage to one of two groups of muscles along the shin bone that cause pain. The location of the shin splint pain depends on which group of muscles is damaged.

  • Sports and 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

    Bariatric surgery is a procedure that alters the process of digestion and is currently the best treatment option for producing lasting weight loss in obese patients when traditional methods have not been effective.

  • Male Factor Infertility

    Problems with the production and maturation of sperm are the most common causes of male infertility.

  • 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 (Weight Lifter's Back)

    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

    Detailed information on puberty and the adolescent male

  • Sleep Apnea

    Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder in which a person experiences brief interruptions of breathing during sleep.

  • 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

    Low back pain can range from mild, dull, and annoying to persistent, severe, and disabling pain. Pain in the lower back can restrict mobility and interfere with normal functioning.

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

    After AGB, you won’t eat as much as you used to. This helps you lose a lot of weight. But the surgery may lead to a number of side effects, including food intolerance.

  • 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.

  • Iron Deficiency After Gastric Bypass Surgery

    Most of the iron from foods like meats, legumes, and iron-fortified grains is absorbed in the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. But after a gastric bypass procedure, food often bypasses this part of the body before minerals and vitamins can be absorbed.

  • 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 Stenosis After Gastric Bypass Surgery

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

  • Afferent Loop Syndrome

    Afferent loop syndrome is a complication of stomach surgery. If you have had or are going to have a procedure called gastrojejunostomy, also known as Billroth II gastrectomy procedure, you should know that afferent loop syndrome most commonly occurs after this type of stomach surgery.

  • Efferent Loop Syndrome After Gastric Bypass Surgery

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

  • Risks of Bariatric Surgery: Anemia

    Anemia is a common side effect of weight-loss surgery. It’s 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.

  • Understanding Blind Loop Syndrome

    Blind loop syndrome occurs when food doesn't follow the normal digestion route and bypasses a section of your intestine. This is usually because of an overgrowth of bacteria in the area, which causes food to route around it.

  • 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.