Men’s Health

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Men’s Health – Summary

“Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact
on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.”

Congressman Bill Richardson (Congressional Record, H3905-H3906, May 24, 1994)

 Did you know?
1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer…
Approximately 28,000 men will die from prostate cancer this year…
Men die at higher rates from 9 of the top 10 causes of death than women…
Men make up over 92% of workplace deaths…
On average, men live approximately 5 years less than women…

Get in “The Know!”  Find information for Men’s Health at the Men’s Health Network.

 A program  which provides a platform to talk about the health issues affecting men
and their families.  Click the blue cap to find out more.

When it comes to the news media, men-specific health issues are seldom page 1
headlines. As a result, men often continue through life with very little concern for their health until something
happens which effects their lives directly. This is dangerous; often deadly. There are numerous conditions that
tend to affect men specifically. Many of these conditions can be avoided with the proper screening and routine
medical check-ups.

It may seem “manly” to appear to disregard men’s health issues, but in reality, it can be deadly!
Hear is what some men say when asked about their health
It will never happen to me . . . but what if it does?
I don’t have time for that . . . you are right, you may not have much time!
I can handle it . . . but what if your family cannot?
Tests are for sissys . . . tests require courage!
I’ll do the test as soon as I get time . . . but what if time is running out?
I’m as strong as an ox (or a horse). . . yes, and let’s keep it that way!
My greatest concern is for my family . . . but what if your son or daughter grows up without you?
That only happens to smokers . . . statistics prove otherwise!

Men's Health ResourcesHealth ScreeningsMen's Health DayTestosterone

Men’s Health Resources

Medline Plus brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.  You may use  MEDLINE searches to gain access to medical journal articles, extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.  This website is designed for use by both health professionals and consumers.

What are the leading causes of death for males of all races?  Click the logo below to find out.

Information presented in English and En espano. This U.S. Government Source for Men’s Health Information has developed information concerning a healthy lifestyle for men.   Articles and discussions cover such topics as routine doctor visits, preventive screenings/tests, and destressing for mental health;  all as part of becoming a better spouse, a better father, or a better friend.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Department of Health and Human Services. Presented in English and En espano, this website deals specifically with men’s health issues.  The site branches out into family health, children’s health, and contains a link the women’s health pages.

Net Wellness  Provides quality health information and education services which are created and evaluated by faculty of their partner universities: University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University, and Case Western Reserve University. The website has search engines which are available for (1) Health Topics, (2) Health Centers, (3) A Reference Library, and (4) Current Health News.

Net Wellness also provides a wealth of information concerning women’s health.

Men’s Health News from msnbc:  
Provides readers with the latest health news and articles related to men.  Find answers to your questions
 Current topic – Prostate Cancer  [Warning: while drawings at this site are not graphic, they are anatomically correct]
  Cancer Diagnosis Strengthens Family Bonds
  More Dads working long hours . . .
  Health Library – Read All About It!  Medical libraries yield great wealth of information

Diabetes and Intimacy 
Article by: Gwen Stewart, LCSW
Diabetes and Intimacy: The Guide to Reclaiming Your Love Life

Testicular Mesothelioma

What is Testicular Mesothelioma?  What are the causes of Mesothelioma?

How is the disease treated?  Exposure to asbestos and Testicular Mesothelioma

Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year during the week leading up to and including Father’s Day.

Health Screenings for Men

Doing healthy screenings on your body will enable you to find diseases early and treat them. Keeping yourself healthy not only for yourself but your family as well is very important. Make sure to talk with your doctor to find out how often you should be tested.

Below are some suggestions on types of screenings available:

 Obesity:  Have your body mass (BMI) calculated to screen for obesity.  (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight.

 High Cholesterol:  You should have your cholesterol checked regularly starting at the age of 35.  If you are younger than 35, you may talk with your doctor about whether to have yours checked. Signs of problems could be if you have diabetes or high blood pressure.  Heart disease may run in your family, or if you smoke.

 High Blood Pressure:  Have your blood pressure checked at least once every year.  Any blood pressure that is running 140/90 is considered high.

 Colorectal Cancer:  People should have this test done at around the age of 50.  You doctor will be able to tell you which test you should take.  If you have a family history of this you may need to be checked out more frequently.

 Prostate Cancer:  The American Cancer Society recommends digital rectal exams should be done at the age of 50 for men.  African American should be 45.  Talk with your doctor about which is better for you. 

 Diabetes:  You should have a fasting blood sugar or glucose tolerance test done every 3 years once you reach the age of 45.  If you have one or more of the other risk factors such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, overweight or obese, or a family history of this an annual screening is recommended.

 Depression:  Always remember your emotional health is just as important as your physical health.  If you feel down or sad or hopeless over the last couple of weeks or have had little interest or pleasure in doing things, you may be depressed.  Call you doctor and talk to him about being screened for depression.

 Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm If you are between the ages of 65 and 75 and have ever smoked (100 or more cigarettes during your lifetime), you will need to be screened once for abdominal aortic aneurysm, which is an abnormally large or swollen blood vessel in your abdomen.

    Mens Health Link from The Missouri Department of Health

Mens Health information link

Men’s Health Day

Men’s Day focus’s on men’s health to raise awareness on the need for checkups for testicular cancer, prostate cancer and other health issues that affect men. (Cardiovascular disease, skin cancer, lung cancer, diabetes, gout, and more.) It means raising awareness of making healthy lifestyle choices, making regular annual visits to the doctor and getting educated on heart disease or diabetes

St. Francois County Health Center schedules an annual screening day for Men’s Health Day

Lab tests for men including Lipid Panel and PSA are available

NO DOCTOR’S ORDER or APPOINTMENT REQUIRED ON THIS DAY ONLY


For more information and to find out the date for the next Men’s Health Day please call (573)431-1947 ext. 113

  For additional information about Men’s Health click on links below:

CDC Men’s HealtSFCHC Website

This Fathers Day give your heart a check up – great information here.

Click here to read about the important roles and how fathers influence their children’s lives.

The link here has interesting information and facts about fathers and statistics that involve them.

Here Secretary Kathleen Sebelius from Health and Human Resources statement on National Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day.

Testosterone

Doctors are discovering that women are not the only ones that could possibly be going through perimenopause and menopause. Men suffer from changing hormones as well. Unlike women who quit producing hormones completely, men tend to slow down with their testosterone levels which play a huge part on their hormones with age. Not only does age affect this but some doctor’s feel that fatigue, depression and diabetes affect the testosterone levels as well.

If you are a man and are experiencing loss of interest in sex (decreased libido), depression and fatigue you may want to see your local endocrinologist and have your testosterone levels checked. Before considering androgen replacement therapy speak with your doctor and perhaps it could be fixed as easy as making a lifestyle change, a change in your diet or taking an antidepressant.

A testosterone test checks the level of the male hormone (androgen) in the blood. Testosterone affects sexual features and development. In men, it is made in large amounts by the testicles. In both men and women, testosterone is made in small amounts by the adrenal glands; and, in women, by the ovaries.

The pituitary gland controls the level of testosterone in the body. When the testosterone level is low, the pituitary gland releases a hormone called luteinizing hormone (LH). This hormone tells the testicles to make more testosterone.

Before puberty, the testosterone level in boys is normally low. Testosterone increases during puberty. This causes boys to develop a deeper voice, get bigger muscles, make sperm, and get facial and body hair. The level of testosterone is the highest around age 40, then it will gradually becomes less in older men.

In women, the ovaries account for half of the testosterone in the body. Women have a much smaller amount of testosterone in their bodies compared to the men. But testosterone plays an important role throughout the body in both men and women. It affects the brain, bone and muscle mass, fat distribution, the vascular system, energy levels, genital tissues, and sexual functioning.

Most of the testosterone in the blood is bound to a protein called sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). Testosterone that is not bound (“free”) can also be checked if a man or a woman is having sexual problems.