Contents

About This Book ix

Part One: The Healthy Man

Introduction 3 A Healthy Diet 4 The Benefits of Exercise 11 A Healthy Weight 17

The Dangers of Alcohol and Other Drugs 22 The Hazards of Tobacco 27 Safety and Your Health 33

Part Two: Staying Healthy

Chapter 1 Diet and Nutrition 43

Chapter 2 Exercise and Fitness 55

Chapter 3 Maintaining a Healthy Weight 67

Chapter 4 Preventive Healthcare 77

Chapter 5 Avoiding Risky Behavior 97

Chapter 6 Emotional Health and Well-being 116

Part Three: The Reproductive System

Chapter 7 Sexuality 139

Chapter 8 Disorders of the Reproductive System 161 Chapter 9 Sexually Transmitted Diseases 180 Chapter 10 Birth Control 194

viii Part Four: Common Health Concerns

Contents

Chapter 11 Heart, Blood, and Circulation 203

Chapter 12 Lungs 242

Chapter 13 Digestive System 258

Chapter 14 Urinary Tract 285

Chapter 15 Bones and Joints 300

Chapter 16 Brain and Nervous System 320

Chapter 17 Mental Disorders 344

Chapter 18 Endocrine System 364

Chapter 19 Immune System 376

Chapter 20 Eyes 387

Chapter 21 Ears 396

Chapter 22 Teeth and Gums 406

Chapter 23 Skin and Hair 415

Chapter 24 Cosmetic Surgery 432

Glossary 445 Index 485

About This Book

The American Medical Association Complete Guide to Men's Health provides up-to-date information that will enable you to adopt healthy habits that you can follow throughout your life. The book emphasizes the basics of a healthy lifestyle and the steps you can take to prevent illness.

In clear, easy-to-understand language, this book describes how different body systems work, answers many questions you may have about common diseases and disorders, and explains how many of these conditions can be prevented. The book guides you in making important decisions about your health based on the latest medical information. You will learn how to work effectively with your doctor and become a more active participant in your healthcare. The information in this book can benefit men of any age.

Take some time to familiarize yourself with the book. To get the most out of it, follow the cross-references to other parts of the book. To look up a specific disorder or to look for information about a specific topic, consult the index at the back of the book. The index contains many cross-references to other terms that will help you find the information you need.

"The Healthy Man" at the beginning of the book contains information about preventing illness and staying healthy and safe. Part II, "Staying Healthy," expands on the many things you can do—including eating a nutritious diet and exercising regularly—to stay healthy and reduce your risk of developing chronic disorders such as heart disease and cancer. This part will answer your questions about nutrition, fitness, body weight, and stress management. It also covers preventive health care, including the examinations and tests most helpful to you at every stage of life. You will also learn how to change behaviors such as smoking that put your health at risk.

Part III, "The Reproductive System," covers sexual and reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases, and birth control. Part IV, "Common Health Concerns," covers major disorders of every system of the body. Included are the most common serious disorders that affect men. Each article answers the following questions about a disease or disorder: What is it? What are its symptoms? What are the risks? How is it treated? Information about self-care also is included whenever appropriate.

The glossary contains useful supplemental information and will help answer general questions about health.

PART ONE

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