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Men's Health

People who are assigned male at birth are at a higher risk for certain health conditions because of their biology and anatomy. 

Men can stay on top of their health by attending yearly check-ups with their primary care providers, who can screen for diseases and refer patients to specialists if needed. 

Men’s Health Conditions

As men age, they are at a higher risk of developing health problems including:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Mental illness
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Prostate cancer
  • Sleep apnea

Risk Factors

While certain health conditions can affect any man, there are some factors that increase your risk for heart disease, cancer and stroke, including: 

  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Family history 
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Being physically inactive

Prevention

Prevention is the best medicine. Even when you feel healthy, it’s important to visit your primary care provider at least once a year. Primary care providers can screen for health conditions at routine exams and physicals. Staying up to date on immunizations is important, too.

Learn about University Health’s smoking cessation program

Medical providers recommend these health screenings: 

  • Blood pressure screening
  • Cholesterol screening
  • Colorectal cancer screening
  • Diabetes (glucose) screening
  • Infectious disease screening
    • AAFP: HIV: ages 13-64 at least once and on as needed basis based on sexual activity
    • AAFP: No routine screening recommended, however, have conversation with provider based on sexual history
  • Dental exam (yearly)
  • Eye exam (yearly)
    • Especially if you have diabetes
  • Prostate cancer screening (ages 55-69)
    • Generally not done until age 55 if symptomatic. Should discuss risks and benefits with your primary care provider.
    • AAFP recommends against the use of PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test

Men’s Health in Bexar County and Texas

Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the top three causes of death for both men and women in Bexar County. 

According to a report from the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, men “had a 48% higher overall risk of death than females in 2019.” Researchers attribute this to the fact that men are more likely to engage in risky behaviors and are less likely to seek out medical care compared to women.

Men and boys are also more likely to have diabetes and be hospitalized due to diabetes-related conditions than women and girls, according to a 2020 report.

The Texas Cancer Registry estimates 17,584 new cases of prostate cancer in Texas in 2023. More than half of those cases are in men ages 65 and older.

University Health Resources

University Health Primary Care

Primary care providers are the best resource for health screenings and preventive medicine. University Health has primary care clinics across San Antonio.

University Health Behavioral Health

Find information about mental health care and resources on our website.

University Health NurseLink

NurseLink gives University Health patients 24/7 access to a nurse advice line. Nurses can answer your health questions and help you make appointments. Call 210-358-3000 for NurseLink.

University Health Diabetes Classes

University Health offers free diabetes classes taught by certified diabetes educators at the Texas Diabetes Institute. Learn how to manage your weight, use diabetes tools like insulin pens and how to monitor your blood sugar. You can also reach your fitness goals by using the Fitness Center at TDI.

GetFIT Colorectal Cancer Prevention 

The GetFIT Colorectal Cancer Prevention Program helps CareLink members schedule colorectal screenings. If you’re not a CareLink member, ask your primary care provider when you should get a colorectal screening. For more information, please call 210-358-3455 or email Alexa.Ortiz@uhtx.com.

Community Resources

The Diabetes Garage

The Diabetes Garage is a free diabetes management program for men and their families. It compares car maintenance to men’s health maintenance. It consists of four weekly online workshops lasting two hours each. Participants learn how to check their blood sugar, eat healthy meals, take medication as directed and more.