Men's health matters

Men’s Health Week runs from June 12-18, 2017. The goal of this initiative is to inspire Canadian men to live healthier lives. Do you want to be able to enjoy the things you love well into your later years? Making your health a priority is important for everyone, at any age. However, research suggests that men tend to put less focus on their own health and wellbeing than women. They see the doctor less frequently and are less engaged in preventive health behaviours. Some of the top risk factors to a man’s health are not only common, but preventable. From prostate cancer, to cardiovascular disease and diabetes, simple lifestyle changes can significantly reduce a man’s risk for many common health conditions. The key to optimal aging is to take an active role in your health. Focus on treating your body well with a healthy diet, regular exercise, reduced alcohol intake and quitting smoking (if you smoke). These simple considerations can make a world of difference. Read our evidence-based resources below for more insights on this topic.

Featured Resources

  1. Blog Post: Build strength to age well
  2. Blog Post: 5 diet changes supported by research evidence
  3. Blog Post: Screening for prostate cancer: What you should know about the PSA test
  4. Blog Post: Improved treatments provide relief for men with lower urinary tract symptoms
  5. Blog Post: Erectile dysfunction treatment options
  6. Web Resource Rating: Testosterone therapy: Potential benefits and risks as you age
  7. Web Resource Rating: Performance anxiety and 'water tablets’ for high blood pressure
  8. Evidence Summary: In obese men, diet and exercise can lead to weight loss

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DISCLAIMER: These summaries are provided for informational purposes only. They are not a substitute for advice from your own health care professional. The summaries may be reproduced for not-for-profit educational purposes only. Any other uses must be approved by the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (

Many of our Blog Posts were written before the COVID-19 pandemic and thus do not necessarily reflect the latest public health recommendations. While the content of new and old blogs identify activities that support optimal aging, it is important to defer to the most current public health recommendations. Some of the activities suggested within these blogs may need to be modified or avoided altogether to comply with changing public health recommendations. To view the latest updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada, please visit their website.