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How to check your balls

Regular self-examination could mean you avoid a big ball ache in the long run. Professor Geoff Hackett explains what you need to know and how to check your balls. Quick Facts Most men who develop testicular cancer have no risk factors at all.  Lumps, bumps and changes in the shape...

Man Flu – More Dangerous Than You Might Think

Men are often mockingly accused of suffering from ‘man flu’ when they are experiencing genuine physical symptoms. No wonder they are put off seeking medical help, says Rob Kemp.  Quick facts Men are 32% less likely to open up to a GP about a health issue that’s bugging them than...

6 Red Flag Symptoms to Report to Your Doctor

Your body is designed to give you early warning signs if things aren’t as they should be. Peppy’s Men’s Health specialist Helen Lake explains body changes and symptoms you should get checked with your GP sooner rather than later. Firstly, not all red flag symptoms are serious. But the key...

Men’s Health MOT

Time for a health MOT? Men’s Health Awareness Week is a great time to get male staff to engage with their health and address issues they may have ignored until now. Says Helen Lake , Director and clinical lead of men’s health services at Peppy:  “Too many men will just...

Low testosterone – what is it and what are the signs?

The warning bells aren’t just between the sheets. They include unusual tiredness, man-boobs and an increase in ‘blank brain’ moments. Professor Geoff Hackett explains. Sure, testosterone is crucial for super-charging your sex drive and building muscle. But receptors for the hormone actually exist throughout your body, from your brain to...

Losing my husband to prostate cancer

For Ann Graham, news of her husband’s prostate cancer came too late. But she is determined to carry on his fight and make sure more men get checked for prostate cancer in time. I’ve volunteered for Prostate Cancer UK for the past nine years. My main role has been giving...

Finding my way through grief after losing my son

Two years ago, Steve Phillip’s life was tragically rewritten when he lost his son, Jordan, to suicide. As he explains, the grief and heartache don’t go away. But he has learnt to carry on. There are moments in your life that define you. Moments which will determine your destiny from...

Guys, are you at risk of burnout?

The last two years have rattled even the most steadfast. From working from home, furlough, lockdown, home schooling and now back to it, with no certainty of how our future will look. It’s no surprise that stress levels are rising and more people are battling burnout.  From March 2020 all...

How your testosterone levels change with age

T and counting It seems that, unlike a good claret or a fine single malt, male bodies don’t always improve with age – the brain, perhaps, but not the brawn. QUICK FACTS Lowering testosterone levels can be related to age and lifestyle factors. These include excess body fat, cardiovascular disease,...

Why is COVID-19 more common in men?

Men are more likely to contract COVID-19 and be admitted to hospital. Compared to women, they are 40 % more likely to die from the disease. Professor Mike Kirby, a specialist in urology and men’s health explains the reasons why –  and points out that testosterone plays a key part....