Men's Health


Diet may significantly impact the risk and treatment of two of the most prevalent health issues for men, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction.

Xenoestrogens (human-made pesticide chemicals found mostly in fish) may negatively influence male sperm counts. Radioactivity present in seafood may lead to low sperm count. Chicken consumption during pregnancy may result in the feminization of the genitalia of male babies in utero. Men might be cautious about using lavender; in spite of its apparent efficacy in relieving anxiety, it may have estrogenic effects (as might nettle tea). Soy consumption, on the other hand, has been found not to decrease male fertility. Sex steroid hormones found in meat, dairy, and eggs and saturated fat intake may be a cause for the ongoing global drop in male fertility.

Meat consumption has been found to have a negative effect on the body odor attractiveness of men. Men eating the most meat appear to have twenty times the odds of having muscle tremors.

Advice to eat oily fish or take fish oil to lower risk of heart disease, stroke, or mortality may no longer be supported by the balance of available evidence. Endocrine-disrupting industrial toxins found in fish and seafood may affect genital development of boys and sexual function of men.

Male smokers over the age 65 are at the highest risk for an abdominal aortic aneurysm and should consider getting an ultrasound to rule it out.

Eating the spice fenugreek may improve muscle strength and weight lifting power in addition to helping lower the risk of cancer. Eating foods rich in carotenoids and vitamin C (though not cranberries) may be associated with a reduction of lower urinary tract infections in men. Mushrooms are the best source of the antioxidant amino acid ergothioneine, found in seminal fluid.

Vegetarian men should be sure to eat whole grains, nuts, and beans every day to meet their zinc requirements. For overall health, men should drink six to eleven cups of water a day.

Topic summary contributed by Linda.

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