Men’s Health

Last Updated: August 16 2022

Men’s health pertains to the male reproductive system and testosterone (an important male sex hormone).

What does men’s health encompass?

Men’s health encompasses aspects of health most relevant to men, including testosterone, the testes, sperm quality and spermatogenesis, and the prostate. Most research is conducted on cisgender men, but (depending upon the conditions/biological structures investigated), it can also pertain to transgender and nonbinary people. The major conditions that men’s health encompasses are low testosterone (i.e., hypogonadism), male sexual dysfunction, male infertility, benign-prostatic-hyperplasia, and prostate-cancer.

How could diet affect men’s health?

Obesity and cardiometabolic disease (e.g., type-2-diabetes) are consistently associated with an increased risk of men’s health conditions, so consuming a diet that facilitates the maintenance of a healthy body weight is of the utmost importance.

Which supplements are of most interest for men’s health?

Supplements for men’s health are generally marketed to increase testosterone levels, boost sex drive, and improve erectile function. The following are some of the most popular options, although the research to support their efficacy is rather limited:

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