This week on Talking About Men’s Health

Lots of informative, educational, and all-around excellent articles on men’s health this week

I wrote articles on birth control for men, the increased stroke risk in men whose parents divorced, and how antioxidants can improve men’s fertility .

We’ve also got posts by a lot of great contributors on the importance of wearing sunglasses, deciding on whether HGH is right for you, the body’s role in addiction, making informed decisions about surgery vs radiation for prostate cancer, and what insisting that boys sit quietly at their desks is a terrible idea.

Check out all these and more at Talking About Men’s Health.

And if you’re interested in contributing to the blog, let me know!

Dr. Lamm and Terry Labonte Chat with TAMH Editor About the Drive For Five Campaign

We all know that men are not as proactive as women when it comes to their health and a recent national survey confirms that fact.  The survey, conducted by Abbott and Men’s Health Network, found that men take the backseat when it comes to managing their health issues. In fact, they may be turning a blind eye to some important health risks that could worsen and lead to serious health problems if left untreated.

 Drive For Five, a campaign by Abbott in partnership with Men’s Health Network was launched on September 12, 2012 to create awareness and encourage men to take a more proactive approach to their health. The campaign will also educate the public about five important health risks for men: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and low testosterone. Drive for Five is backed by men’s health expert Dr. Steven Lamm and legendary racecar champion Terry Labonte. [Read more…]

Carpal tunnel syndrome? Ha! Video games may give you six pack abs!

I know, it sounds absurd, doesn’t it? But after spending hours and hours playing Kinect/xbox with my daughter, there’s no question in my mind that some video games can give you a hell of a workout. But what I’m talking about isn’t so much the games themselves but the mindset that gamers and bodybuilders share: The ability to maintain laser-like focus for long periods of time, to identify problems, and create methodical plans to overcome them. In other words, as the creators of put it, the addiction that games create is the exact same addiction that can drive fitness efforts every day.

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