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Consumer Health Tips: Men’s health

two smiling men standing together on a beach, one holding a football in one hand with the other arm around his friend's shouldersMen’s health: Prevent the top threats
The biggest threats to men’s health — which include heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke — often are preventable. Take control by talking with your health care provider about your risk factors for these conditions. Then, get serious about reducing your risk. Here’s what you need to know to live a longer, healthier life.

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Does having a vasectomy increase your risk of prostate cancer?
You may have heard having a vasectomy increases your risk of prostate cancer. Learn what the research shows, and if you’re concerned about your prostate cancer risk for other reasons, talk to your doctor about possible symptoms and screening tests.

What are the heart risks associated with testosterone therapy?
The connection between taking testosterone and an increased risk of heart disease isn’t clear. Learn what researchers have found and about other possible risks of testosterone therapy.

Mental health: Overcoming the stigma of mental illness
Negative attitudes and beliefs about mental illness are common and can be harmful. Fear of others’ reactions can be isolating for someone suffering from mental illness and can delay treatment. Here are some strategies and coping tips for overcoming the stigma of mental illness.

Save lives: Donate blood
Friday, June 16, is World Blood Donation Day. Millions of people need blood transfusions each year, whether during surgery, after an accident or because they have a disease that requires blood components. If you’re a healthy adult, you can usually donate a pint of blood without endangering your health. Within 24 hours of a blood donation, your body replaces the lost fluids, and, after several weeks, your body replaces the lost red blood cells. Learn more about the life-giving gift of blood donation.

Consumer Health Tips: Sexual identity and health care

a group of smiling people in a Gay Pride parade, holding a large rainbow bannerSexual identity and health care: The importance of communication
June is LGBT Pride Month, marked by celebrations, symposia and other events involving millions of people around the world. Among the challenges faced by LGBT individuals in their health care is feeling comfortable sharing their sexual identity and/or gender identity with health care providers for fear of negative reactions. This may mean some in the LGBT community don’t get regular care and miss important preventive care screenings. Learn more from Dr. John Knudsen, medical director of Mayo Clinic’s Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, about the importance of open and honest communication with your health care team.

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Will a bedtime snack help me sleep better?
Everyone has trouble sleeping from time to time, but could your bedtime snack sometimes be the problem? Learn more about how what you eat and when can contribute to insomnia, and what you can do to get a better night’s sleep.

Video: Your heart and circulatory system
Did you know your heart pumps about 5 quarts of blood every minute? And it beats about 100,000 times in one day? Learn more about your heart and circulatory system and the life-giving work it quietly performs in the background all day, every day.

Early-onset Alzheimer’s: When symptoms begin before 65
Early-onset Alzheimer’s is an uncommon form of dementia that strikes people younger than 65. Of all the people who have Alzheimer’s disease, about 5 percent develop symptoms before 65 — most in their 40s and 50s. Learn how early-onset Alzheimer’s is diagnosed and how to cope if this disease affects your family.

Colposcopy: What you can expect
Colposcopy is a procedure to examine your cervix, vagina and vulva closely for signs of disease. Your health care provider may recommend a colposcopy if your Pap test result is abnormal. Learn more about how a colposcopy is performed, and what you can expect during and after the procedure.

Consumer Health Tips: World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day bannerQuit smoking: Strategies to help you quit
Today is World No Tobacco Day, an initiative of the World Health Organization and partners to educate on the health risks of tobacco use and advocate for reducing tobacco consumption. You may know that smokers have much higher rates of heart disease, stroke and cancer than nonsmokers, but you also may have tried to quit in the past without success. Here are some proven, practical strategies that can help you achieve your goal to quit smoking.

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MS: Symptoms and causes
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause the nerves to deteriorate or become permanently damaged. Learn more about the symptoms and causes of MS.

Video: Squat exercise
The squat is a body resistance exercise that works the leg muscles. Specifically, the squat targets the quadriceps and hamstring muscles. Strengthening these muscles can help protect your knees and boost your performance in a variety of sports. Watch this short video on the correct form to avoid injury and get maximum results.

What causes hiccups?
For most people, a bout of hiccups is an annoyance that lasts only a few minutes. Rarely, hiccups may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition and can persist for months. Find out what causes hiccups and when to seek medical care.

Fetal alcohol syndrome: Symptoms and causes
Fetal alcohol syndrome is a condition in a child that results from alcohol exposure during the mother’s pregnancy. This exposure causes brain damage and growth problems. If you suspect your child has fetal alcohol syndrome, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Early diagnosis may help to reduce problems, such as learning difficulties and behavioral issues. Here’s what you should know.

Consumer Health Tips: Stroke

medical illustration depicting strokeStroke: Symptoms and causes
A stroke is a medical emergency, and prompt treatment is crucial. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. Early action can minimize brain damage and potential complications. Do you know the signs and symptoms of stroke?

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Mental health providers: Finding one for your needs
If you’ve never seen a mental health provider, you likely don’t know what to expect, and you may not know how to find one who suits your specific needs. For example, some providers specialize in certain areas, such as depression, substance misuse or family therapy. Credentials may vary among providers. And they may work in different settings, such as private practice, hospitals, community agencies or other facilities. Here are some things to keep in mind as you search for a mental health provider.

Video: Take a break for meditation
Need a few minutes to relax? Get comfortable in your chair. Loosen any tight, uncomfortable clothing. Let your arms rest loosely at your side. Allow yourself to listen and relax.

Juicing: What are the health benefits?
Have you heard that drinking the juice from fruits and vegetables is better than eating the foods themselves? Actually, juicing is not any healthier, and there may be nutrition you’re missing by not eating whole fruits and vegetables. Here’s what you need to know.

Geographic tongue: Symptoms and causes
Geographic tongue is a harmless inflammatory condition affecting the surface of your tongue, giving it a maplike, or geographic, appearance. The condition can continue for days, months or years. It often resolves on its own but may appear again later. Learn more about the symptoms and causes of geographic tongue.

Consumer Health Tips: Heart disease symptoms and risks are different for women

a graphic of a heart and an electrocardiogram readingHeart disease in women
Although heart disease often may be thought of as a problem for men, heart disease is the most common cause of death for both women and men in the U.S. Becoming aware of the symptoms and risks unique to women, as well as eating a heart-healthy diet and exercising, can help you protect yourself. Here’s what you should know.

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Osteoporosis: What are your risks?
As you age, your body loses more bone mass than it gains, increasing your risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can cause bones to become weak, brittle and prone to break. In addition to bone fractures, osteoporosis can cause bone pain, loss of height and a stooped posture. Learn what other factors play a role in your chance of developing osteoporosis and which ones you can control.

Women’s sexual health: Talking about your sexual needs
Women’s sexual health, like men’s, is important to overall emotional and physical well-being. A fulfilling sex life improves your sleep quality and reduces stress. But achieving a healthy and satisfying sex life doesn’t just happen — it takes self-reflection and candid communication. Try these tips for talking with your partner.

Alzheimer’s disease: Can exercise prevent memory loss?
Exercise has many known benefits, including reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, strengthening the bones and muscles, and reducing stress. It also appears that regular physical activity benefits the brain. Studies show that people who are physically active are less likely to experience a decline in their mental function and have a lowered risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more from Dr. Ronald Petersen, a Mayo Clinic neurologist.

The Mayo Clinic Diet: A weight-loss program for life
Have you tried to lose weight time and again without success? Are you ready for something other than the newest fad diet? The Mayo Clinic Diet is a different approach to weight loss. It’s designed to help you reshape your lifestyle by adopting healthy new habits and breaking unhealthy old ones. The goal is to make simple, pleasurable changes that will result in a healthy weight that you can maintain for the rest of your life.