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Men’s health: regular checkups vital first step

Taking health to the streets

Be a man
Get a checkup!

Q & A

A closer look

Looking for services you
can call your own?
Men’s Health Program
Whittier Street Health Center

The Men’s Health League
Cambridge Public Health Dept.
Young Men’s Health Clinic
Boston Medical Center

Barron Center for
Men’s Health
Mount Auburn Hospital

How important are doctor’s visits to your overall health routine?

Celebrate Men’s Health Week …
and check yourself out!
Condition Frequency*
Starting age*
High blood pressure At least every two years
High cholesterol Every five years
Type 2 diabetes Every three years
Prostate cancer Yearly
Colorectal cancer Every one to ten years
Obesity Yearly

*Frequency and starting age will differ by risk factors.
For instance, if you have prostate cancer in your family,
you will probably start screening at age 40 or 45.

This schedule applies to asymptomatic persons.
Follow your doctor’s recommendations once a diagnosis is confirmed.

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Testosterone is a sex hormone that makes men men. It is responsible for their sex drive, sperm production, body hair, muscle mass and bone density. Men gradually lose testosterone over time especially after the age of 40. Other causes of loss are injuries, infections and hormonal disorders. Some men have no symptoms or fail to recognize them. When symptoms impair quality of life, low testosterone can be evaluated and treated, often by an endocrinologist, a doctor who specializes in disorders of hormones.

Possible Symptoms

Decrease in sex drive

Erectile dysfunction

Low sperm count

Enlarged breasts

Mood changes

Reduced muscle bulk and strength

Increased body fat

Decreased bone density


Fatigue, decreased energy

Sleep disturbances


Trouble concentrating or remembering things

Hot flashes

Questions & Answers

Jean J. Alves, M.D.
Bowdoin Street Health Center

Why do some men with diabetes and other medical conditions experience erectile dysfunction?

Diabetes and other medical conditions such as high blood pressure are well known to cause damages to blood vessels and nerves which are essential to achieve and maintain erection in men. More

Listen to advice from
Dr. J. Jacques Carter:

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*Courtesy of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Men’s health: regular checkups vital first step

Henry Jenkins has come a long way. Like most men, he went to a doctor only if it were an emergency.

And one evening four years ago, he was having an emergency. All the years of ignoring his health came crashing down as he fell off his couch and landed on the floor. He was having a stroke. More

Taking health to the streets

Wayne Lloyd walks the talk — literally — when it comes to healthy living.

Lloyd doesn’t need any prodding to take care of himself. The 45-year-old physical education teacher was taught from an early age about the importance of health care and regular doctor’s visits. More

Be a man
Get a checkup!

It’s true, isn’t it? Men are raised to be fearless in scary situations. Run into a burning building to rescue a child? Check. Join the armed forces to defend the country? Check. Race down the South-east Expressway straddling a motorcycle as dark clouds prepare to dump six inches of rain? Check.

Call the doctor to schedule an exam? Hang on, wait, nope, not happening this year. Or next year. And maybe not even the year after that. More

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