Men’s health in the workplace

The role of testosterone
Erectile dysfunction
High male mortality
Case by case approach

The term “male health” is used in the sense of “potency and reproductive viability”; sometimes the term “male force” is used instead. But male strength is only part of overall well-being. Male health includes both “male health” and overall physical activity, stable emotional background, normal pressure and pulse.

Men often face important obstacles in their obvious health problems in general and remember when the problem went too far. There is a “deadly quartet” among doctors: obesity, hypertension, diabetes and stress. With age, this combination threatens so many male members.

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The role of testosterone

German scientist Michael Zitzmann, an endocrinologist at the University of Münster, studied the effects of testosterone deficiency on men’s health. During his research, he found that potency problems are often associated with diabetes, heart disease and obesity. According to him, low testosterone is also the cause of depression in men.

A key study by the Heart Institute in Salt Lake City confirms the crucial role of testosterone in men’s health. Elderly men diagnosed with ischemic heart disease and testosterone deficiency were given hormone replacement therapy, which increased male hormone levels. As a result, their group had fewer strokes and heart attacks than the control group, which did not receive testosterone therapy.


Infertile men have associated health problems or risk factors that can worsen their quality of life and shorten their lives. The male fertility assessment provides a unique opportunity to assess their overall health and prevent disease, which was revealed during a study of 5,000 infertile couples from the Italian Society of Andrology and Sexual Medicine.

It shows not only a decrease in fertility, but also other disorders in the male body. According to a recent large-scale study by endocrinologists in Italy, low sperm counts are associated with adverse metabolic changes, the risk of cardiovascular disease and bone loss.

Urologists, endocrinologists, therapists and psychotherapists deal with the problems of infertile marriages. Causes of male infertility include chronic inflammatory diseases of the male reproductive system, sexually transmitted diseases and metabolic syndrome.

Erectile dysfunction

More than half of men (52%) aged 40-70 suffer from erectile dysfunction – the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for normal sexual intercourse. Only 10% go to doctors. This delicate problem leads to an unhealthy lifestyle and problems with the nervous, urogenital or endocrine system.

One of the most common diseases in men is prostatitis. After 50 years, up to 50% of men have hidden or overt manifestations of prostatitis. Adenoma and prostate cancer are less common. And even though the symptoms of all prostate diseases cause severe discomfort, men do not go to the doctor right away.

Male infertility and erectile dysfunction can be the result of excessive alcohol consumption. It should be noted that under the influence of alcohol, degenerative changes occur in the very finely arranged testicular epithelium, which produces sperm.

Male infertility concept

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High male mortality

According to the HSE Demographic Institute, mortality in the male population is higher in 2017, both in general and for all major reasons: for respiratory diseases – 5.96 times higher than for women, for external factors (accidents, poisoning, injuries) – 5.1 times, from infectious and parasitic diseases – 5 times, from diseases of the circulatory system – 4.6 times, from digestive organs – 3.5 times and from malignant neoplasms – 2.4 times.

In the structure of oncological diseases in men in several countries, prostate cancer ranks 2nd or 3rd; ranks 1st in the US and Sweden. Only melanoma is ahead of him in terms of the increase in incidence.

In February 2019, a meeting of the Social Policy Committee of the Federation Council was held on the topic “Current issues of maintaining the health of the male population”. She dealt with issues of early diagnosis and treatment of urological diseases, protection of the reproductive health of the male population, gender characteristics of cardiovascular diseases and also ways to prolong life expectancy.

Case by case approach

Men’s health is mainly characterized by the individual and depends on the specific situation. The need for regular examination by a specialist is determined by the presence of chronic diseases or bad habits in the patient.

However, even men without any health problems are still at risk of developing a specific disease. In these individuals, the doctor will assess the frequency of the examination to identify the disease at the earliest stages of development.

Ongoing scientific basic and applied research should focus primarily on providing preventive and personalized assistance to prevent early diagnosis of disease.

It should also be noted that the development of new medical technologies and the development of new drugs can improve the ability to cure diseases, but unfortunately it does not affect the demographic situation on a global scale.

All of this should help shift health care priorities from treating disease to maintaining men’s health. For the modern man, the desire to prolong life should not be due to living longer in old age, but to coming of old much later.


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  • Macken, University of Western Sydney-Michael. “Men’s Health Information and Information Center”. Retrieved April 10, 2022.
  • “Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence)”. Guidelines for evidence-based medicine. November 30, 2018
  • Rove, Kyle. “Infertility in men.” DynaMed. Retrieved April 10, 2022.

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