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UC Davis Launches New Men's Health Program

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — UC Davis Health System has launched a new program aimed at helping men take charge of their health by addressing their unique medical needs and concerns.

The Men’s Health Program offers men a comprehensive diagnostic health assessment designed to raise awareness of preventable health problems and head them off, recognize health conditions early and identify strategies to maintain and improve vitality, health and sexual function.

“Men tend to ignore health problems until it’s too late,” said James Kiley, an internal medicine physician involved in the program. “We want them to identify problems at the point where we can make early changes to prevent heart disease, identify cancer with appropriate screening tests and encourage lifestyle modifications necessary such as exercise, weight loss, and reducing substance abuse so we can bridge the longevity gap between men and women.”

Men experience higher death rates from certain diseases than women, including preventable conditions, and often suffer higher rates of substance abuse and anger issues. For example, death rates from cardiovascular disease are 42 percent higher for men than women, and more men die of cancer than women. One in six men will develop prostate cancer, and at least a third of men report a problem with sexual function, often related to serious health issues.

Men interested in taking part in the program are invited to complete a health questionnaire, which can be downloaded from the health system’s website: www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/menshealth/.

Initial patient consultations take place at a men’s clinic in the Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, 4860 Y St., Suite 2200 in Sacramento. There, participants complete a more comprehensive health survey designed to identify a wide range of risks and symptoms that may not otherwise be apparent. A one-hour consultation takes place with a male UC Davis internal medicine physician, who conducts a detailed, confidential review of the man’s medical history, family history and lifestyle.

Following the initial assessment, patients will see a urologist with advanced training in men’s reproductive health. The visit focuses on issues related to prostate and urinary health, sexual function, fertility or infertility and male hormones.

“The program has been designed to create a place where men can feel comfortable, where they can discuss issues about their health that can potentially have long-term ramifications for their longevity and quality of life,” said Alan Shindel, a urologist in the program. “The goal is for them to be able to stay active and healthy well into old age.”

A written, personalized care plan with details about how to retain and improve health will be provided. Referrals also will be made to UC Davis specialists in cardiology, vascular medicine, endocrinology, sports medicine or other areas for further education, screenings or treatment.

Patients do not have to be current UC Davis patients to take advantage of the program, and will retain their own primary-care physician for regular, ongoing appointments and checkups. Men’s health assessments are covered by most insurance plans.

The Men’s Health Program is part of UC Davis Health System, one of the nation’s leading academic health centers and a major source of new discoveries and treatments. Its hospital, UC Davis Medical Center, has consistently been ranked among the nation’s best, and more than 100 UC Davis physicians and specialists routinely appear on lists of “America’s best doctors” as chosen by their peers.

For more information, visit www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/menshealth. For appointments and referrals call (800) 4-UCDAVIS (800) 482-3284 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

UC Davis Health System is advancing the health of patients everywhere by providing excellent patient care, conducting groundbreaking research, fostering innovative, interprofessional education, and creating dynamic, productive partnerships with the community. The academic health system includes one of the country⿿s best medical schools, a 613-bed acute-care teaching hospital, an 800-member physician's practice group and the new Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. It is home to a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, an international neurodevelopmental institute, a stem cell institute and a comprehensive children⿿s hospital. Other nationally prominent centers focus on advancing telemedicine, improving vascular care, eliminating health disparities and translating research findings into new treatments for patients. Together, they make UC Davis a hub of innovation that is transforming health for all. For more information, visit healthsystem.ucdavis.edu.