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Prostate Problems

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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.

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Why Men Should Go to the Doctor

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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?

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Men Get Osteoporosis Too

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Could your husband, brother or friend 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.

In the past, the focus of osteoporosis has mainly been on women, because menopause reduces estrogen production beginning around age 50, resulting in weakened bones.

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