In general, men have poorer health habits and a shorter life expectancy than women. This may be because they are more likely to engage in unhealthy behavior, and are less likely than women to adopt preventive health measures. But men’s health issues don’t affect only men – they have a significant impact on their family and friends, too. The conditions we’ll be talking about can influence everything from sexual and marital relations to quality and length of life. Unfortunately, a lot of these issues – particularly the ones having to do with sex or masculinity – are very hard for men to talk about.

By taking even the smallest symptoms seriously and discussing them with your health care providers, you’ll be taking a more active role in your own health care. And by educating yourself about sensitive men’s health issues and passing that information on to your loved ones, you may also be able to save a life.

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