13 Men's Health

13 00 Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence)

13 01 Low Testosterone (Low T)

13 02 Penile Discharge

13 03 Peyronine’s Disease

13 04 Prostatitis

Do you know the biggest threats to men’s health? Heart disease and cancer top the list. Others include injury, lung disease, stroke, and diabetes. Although you may be unable to prevent all of these, some can be prevented. Healthy lifestyle choices, such as eating a healthy diet and moving every day, can help. To protect your health, avoid risky actions, such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, and having casual sex. Take steps to keep yourself safe. Use a seat belt when in a car. Wear a helmet when on a bike or motorcycle. Use a safety ladder to reach high areas. Manage illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

When you have found your disease or condition, you look for the treatment color. The treatment colors are magenta (red-blue), blue, cyan (blue-green), green, yellow (red-green), and red. I give the treatment colors a number. Magenta = 0, blue = 1, cyan = 2, green = 3, yellow = 4, and red = 5. Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence) would then be categorized as 13-00-0. Here, the last digit, the treatment color, is magenta. The first two digits are the disease/condition group (Men’s Health is 13). The next two digits (Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence) is 00) are the illness within the group, and the last digit (magenta is 0) is the treatment color.

When you use the projector, click on your treatment color, and a large image of it will appear. Make the color cover the whole page and project it onto yourself. When you use the LED light bulb, you choose your color manually.

Impotence is a common problem among men and is characterized by the consistent inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse, the inability to achieve ejaculation, or both. Erectile dysfunction can vary. It can involve a total inability to achieve an erection or ejaculation, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only very brief erections.

The risk of impotence increases with age. For example, it is much more frequent in men in their 60s than in their 40s.

Testosterone is a natural hormone produced by the testes in men; it is also produced in small amounts by the ovaries in women. Therefore, low testosterone levels are described in both men and women.

Low testosterone levels can be caused by problems with the testes and ovaries themselves or conditions that affect the pituitary gland and hypothalamus of the brain. Aging is also a known cause of low testosterone in men, and obesity can also lower testosterone levels.

Symptoms of low testosterone in men can include erectile dysfunction (ED), decreased libido (low sex drive), and infertility.

Low testosterone, or low T, is diagnosed when levels fall below 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). A normal range is typically 300 to 1,000 ng/dL.

Penile discharge may be watery (clear) or cloudy (containing pus) and may also be bloody. Urinary tract infection (UTI) or a sexually transmitted infection are common causes of penile discharge. It is often accompanied by pain or burning during urination and a need to urinate frequently. Itching can also accompany penile discharge.

Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and Trichomonas infections are common infections that may cause penile discharge. Genital herpes rarely causes penile discharge.

Peyronie’s disease is characterized by scar tissue inside the penis that produces an abnormal shape or curvature of the penis. It is most frequent in men aged 40 to 70. The irregular shape may be apparent when the penis is flaccid, erect, or both.

Signs and symptoms of Peyronie’s disease include abnormal curvature of the penis, scars or plaques inside the penis that can be felt, penile pain, pain during sexual intercourse, and erectile dysfunction.

Other associated signs and symptoms can include an inability to have intercourse, deformity of the penis, and anxiety.

Prostatitis refers to inflammation of the prostate gland in men. It is a common problem and may be acute or chronic (long-term).

The signs and symptoms of prostatitis depend on the exact underlying cause. They may come on suddenly or develop over time. Prostatitis symptoms can include pain in the back, bladder, genital area, groin, lower abdomen, pelvic, rectal, or testicle. Other symptoms and signs can include pain during urination, dribbling after urination, excessive urination at night, a frequent urge to urinate, frequent urination, or blood in the urine.

Bacterial infections can cause prostatitis and other diseases; sometimes, no cause may be apparent. The symptoms often come on suddenly when prostatitis occurs due to a bacterial infection.