Personal health matters men keep private

Michael McGee | 6/7/2013, 11:43 a.m.
Men are known to be aggressive, but not aggressive enough when it comes to taking care of their health – ...

The Dallas Examiner

Men are known to be aggressive, but not aggressive enough when it comes to taking care of their health – especially the health of their reproductive organs.

That is the position Dr. Dudley Danoff, founder and president of the Cedars-Sinai Tower Urology Medical Group in Los Angeles, takes in his book Penis Power: The Ultimate Guide to Male Sexual Health. In his book, he explains to readers the importance of male genital health when it comes to physical and emotional well-being.

“We have this macho feeling about us,” said Danoff as he described a general attitude that men have about their health. The doctor, a surgeon of urology, stressed that this is especially true when it comes to their reproductive health.

“We wanna catch the pass in the last minute in the fourth quarter at the Rose Bowl,” he said. “We think we’re invincible. We’re not invincible. We’re human.”

So much of male reproductive health is a quality of life issue, said the doctor. Sexual health is connected to a man’s overall fitness.

“So that’s good for his general health. I also think it’s good for his penile health,” Danoff stated, using the example of an overweight patient to underscore his point. He stated that the extra weight a man carries can adversely affect his sexual performance, but also his self-image when he looks at his body in a mirror. This can create an additional burden in the bedroom.

That resulting negative self-image can be tied directly into the old saying that the sexiest part of the human body is the mind, Danoff believes. Depending on a man’s age, he maintains that 99 percent of dysfunction lies within the brain.

“If you’re talking about men between the age of 20 and 50, a majority of erectile dysfunction that I see is psychogenically based.”

It’s all in the mind, Danoff said.

“When you get into the older age bracket you get hormonal problems, decrease in testosterone, all of the properties of aging,” he said. “You can’t run as fast or jump as high. You have vascular problems. You have neurological problems.”

Danoff indicated that maintaining good reproductive health is not only important to a men’s sexual health. Paying attention to the condition of every part of his anatomy could be life-saving.

As men get older they have an increased risk of prostate cancer. It is vital for men with a family history of prostate cancer to get checked.

“Anyone over the age of 45 should at least go for a yearly prostate checkup,” Danoff stated. “Make sure they do not have early prostate cancer, which is curable. As men get older this is a real threat. There are 240,000 new cases of prostate cancer discovered every year in the United States alone. There will be 25,000 or 30,000 deaths from prostate cancer per year.”

Prostate cancer is a health issue that is particularly important for African American men.

“It’s 30 percent more common in the African American community,” Danoff informed. “So this is a particularly loud shout-out to the African American community.”