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Testosterone levels can affect many areas of your life. Select testosterone if you are concerned about:

  • muscle strength
  • sex drive
  • sperm production

Sexual medicine promotes sexuality and disease awareness and prevention. Sexual disorders in men include:

  • sexual desire disorders
  • premature ejaculation
  • erectile dysfunction
  • priapism (prolonged erection)

Heart disease is the number one killer of men. Select this section if you are concerned about:

  • high blood pressure
  • cholesterol
  • making healthy lifestyle choices
  • heart attack and stroke risks

The prostate helps control the flow of urine and produces semen. Diseases that can affect the prostate are:

  • prostate cancer
  • benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • prostate infection (prostatitis)

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males aged 15–34.

Select this section for more information on testicular cancer causes, treatments and therapies.

Our bones lose density as we age. Osteoporosis can be attributed to:

  • decreased bone mass
  • changes in levels of testosterone and estrogen
  • some prescription medicines
  • poor diet, lack of exercise, and other lifestyle choices

Healthy living means promoting mental health as well as physical. Learn more about stresses and challenges that men of all ages face.

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Men are 40% more likely to die from cancer than women.

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Exercise and Weight Management in Adolescence

Exercise and weight control is critical for young men as it “forms a habit” for future behavior. 

While some teens often have a keen interest in sports, this can sometimes involve watching sports rather than actively participating in them.  Watching hockey games on TV, and playing them on the XBOX rather than on the street or on the ice, can lead to weight gain.  If this becomes a habit, it can lead to obesity-related health problems later in life such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Cancers
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Depression

But remember, exercise is only one part of being healthy. Developing proper eating habits not only ensures success during these years, but also helps young men maintain a healthy body weight. The quest for physical perfection can sometimes increase the already competitive nature of young men, which isn’t always a good thing.  This can lead to a number of possible eating disorders such as anorexia (not eating in order to stay thin) or bulimia (eating excessively and then purging by vomiting or using laxatives).

What are the symptoms of unhealthy behavior?

  • Sudden weight loss or failure to gain weight
  • Excessive exercise
  • Dramatically reduced or increased food consumption
  • Pale complexion
  • Sudden mood changes

What can be done?

Parents can still play an important role in ensuring that their children are healthy at this stage.  By making sure that they're eating proper meals, they can keep their metabolism working properly.  Additionally, encouraging an active lifestyle is important.  Engaging your son and taking part in sports with him is an excellent motivator.  This kind of interest in exercise can promote the development of a healthy body.

If motivation seems to be an issue, try varying the sports.  Some people are uncomfortable with team sports and prefer to work on their own.  Some like low impact activities like yoga while others enjoy highly competitive ones like judo.  Regardless of the chosen activity, it may be a good idea to make sure there is adequate supervision because some activities require safety gear or risk damaging a young man’s body.

While exercising can reduce weight, it may not be the only component which needs to be addressed.  Genetics and pre-existing health conditions may be slowing or stopping progress.  During puberty, hormonal imbalances may also cause significant disruption to regular bodily functions.  For this reason, seeing a doctor may be required to ensure there are no underlying health concerns.

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