Prostate Problems

man standing in public bathroom with urinals on each side

Our bones stop growing when we reach maturity, but some of our other tissues continue to grow throughout life.

Cartilage is one, which is why our ears and noses continue to grow.

In men, the prostate gland is another.

The prostate is a reproductive gland that contributes to semen production and propulsion. Because of its function and its location—below the bladder and surrounding the urethra—changes to the prostate can create problems with both sex and urination.


Why Men Should Go to the Doctor

older man talking to his doctor

Do the men in your life avoid going to the doctor? Is it hard for them to even talk about getting a checkup?

If so, you have lots of company. A survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that men are half as apt to see a doctor as are women over a two-year period.

However, men in the United States also die almost five years earlier than women, and they’re more likely to smoke, drink and engage in risky behavior.

Why won’t men see a doctor, even when they’re suffering?


Men Get Osteoporosis Too

Men also get osteoporosis.

Could your husband, or brother, have osteoporosis and not know it? It isn’t often discussed, but men also get this bone-thinning disease that can lead to fractures and disabilities.

The focus has mainly been on women because once they enter menopause, usually around 50, they produce less estrogen and their bones weaken. Men also go through hormonal changes that affect their bones, but they do so about 10 years later.

Since men’s life spans have historically been shorter than women’s, the problem hasn’t been as acute. That is changing as men live longer.


Manopause ... or Depression?

A group of senior friends consoling a depressed African American male.

We all know about menopause, the period of a woman’s life when hormone production ceases and her menstrual cycle ends.

But fewer people know about “manopause,” which can affect middle-aged and senior men. It is more subtle than menopause and not all men experience it, but its health effects are worth noting.


Men’s Health: Guidelines for Every Age

young male patient consulting with doctor in examination room

Did you and the men in your family schedule an appointment with your health care provider during “Movember”? Men’s Health Month is drawing to a close, but awareness—and action—regarding men’s health is important year-round.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that men are only half as likely as women to see a doctor over a two-year period, even though they tend to die earlier than women and they are much more likely to die of common, often treatable conditions like heart disease and cancer.


5 Tips to Build Muscle

man lifting weight

As we hit the home stretch for Movember, I wanted to share another Workout Wednesday for the Mo Bros (and the Mo Sistas too, of course). One of the most common questions I get from our male clients at Carilion Wellness is how to go about building more muscle.  

Building a strong, muscular body is not just about looking good on the beach. Our muscles play a vital role in supporting our overall health and wellness, and it is a critical factor when it comes to metabolic health, weight control, bone strength and even resilience to stress and disease.


Mo Bros Workout

man lifting weights

In November, men’s health becomes a central focus. We grow mustaches and beards, but what is really important is taking a closer look at our health and taking action to improve it. One way you can make a big difference in your health is by moving more and making working out a regular habit.

For all of the Mo Bros out there thinking about adding more exercise into your life I wanted to share this quick workout to get you started.


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