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Study Finds Declining Testosterone Levels In Men Not Part Of Normal Aging

From the 25 June 2012 Medical News Today article

A new study finds that a drop in testosterone levels over time is more likely to result from a man’s behavioral and health changes than by aging. The study results will be presented Monday at The Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting in Houston.

“Declining testosterone levels are not an inevitable part of the aging process, as many people think,” said study co-author Gary Wittert, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Adelaide in Adelaide, Australia. “Testosterone changes are largely explained by smoking behavior and changes in health status, particularly obesityand depression.” …

June 25, 2012 Posted by | Consumer Health | , , | Leave a comment

It’s Men’s Health Week

Man carrying young son on this shoulders

From a recent email I rec’d

It’s Men’s Health Week! If you haven’t been for a physical exam in awhile, it’s probably time to:

Great additional information at the US CDC National Men’s Health Week

What Men Can Do

  • Lead by example. Be smoke-free, prevent injuries, and eat healthy.
  • Wear Blue:External Web Site Icon Choose a day that works for you, your group or team and wear blue to raise awareness about men’s health. Encourage others to wear blue.
  • Wear Blue to remind men of the importance of staying healthy.
  • Wear Blue and become part of a national health movement.
  • Find health providers which have weekend and evening appointments or have offices conveniently located close to home or work.
  • Stay up on the latest about men’s health at CDC by signing up for email updates in the top right corner of the Men’s Health website.

What Women Can Do

  • Point out the connection between good health, physical, and mental performance in sports, work stamina, etc.
  • Encourage the men in your life to live a healthy lifestyle and get medical attention when needed.
  • Recruit male friends or relatives with good health habits to help reinforce lifestyle messages.
  • Point out the connection between good health and good physical, and mental performance in sports, work stamina, etc.
  • Remind him that his children will be influenced by the example he sets when forming life-long health habits.
  • Agree on an exercise routine that involves, and is enjoyable to, the both of you. If necessary, make the exercise out to be something for you that you need his support for even if it’s primarily for his own benefit.

Send a men’s health e-card!


June 13, 2012 Posted by | Consumer Health | , | Leave a comment

Exploring Men’s Ability To Manage Fear In Ways That Allow Them To Exhibit Confidence


Two fighters grappling in a mixed martial arts...

Image via Wikipedia Public Domain

From the 26 December 2011 Medical News Today article

An Indiana University of Pennsylvania sociologist’s study of mixed martial arts competitors found that these men have unique ways of managing fear that actually allow them to exhibit confidence.

This ability, which Dr. Christian A. Vaccaro and colleagues call “managing emotional manhood,” is both an interactional strategy for managing emotion and a means for conveying a social identity to others. The study finds that successful management of fear by men in contact sports such as mixed martial arts may “create an emotional orientation that primes men to subordinate and harm others.” …

…”Putting on a convincing manhood act requires more than using language and the body; it also requires emotion work. By suppressing fear, empathy, pain, and shame and evoking confidence and pride, males signify their alleged possession of masculine selves,” Vaccaro said.

“By signifying masculine selves through evoking fear and shame in others, such men are likely to more easily secure others’ deference and accrue rewards and status. Managing emotional manhood, whether it occurs in a locker room or boardroom, at home or the Oval Office, likely plays a key role in maintaining unequal social arrangements.”

Read the entire Medical News Today article

December 26, 2011 Posted by | Psychology | , , , , | Leave a comment


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