Episode 70: Real Talk on Men’s Health Part 1


Episode Summary:

In October, a special event occurred in Seattle titled Real Talk on Men’s Health, an evening of presentations on prevention and lifestyle tips from men’s health experts. The event also reviewed a groundbreaking effort to create a state commission on boys and men.

Presentations covered the following topics: Longevity, Sexual Health, ED and testosterone, Heart Health, Benign Prostatic Enlargement, Prostate and Testicular Cancer, Metabolic  Syndrome, Diabetes, and Obesity  (updates in management & medications), and an update regarding House Bill 1270, a Washington State bill to create a state commission for boys and men.

This episode of the Original Guide to Men’s Health will include 3 presentations from that evening. We begin with an update on why a commission for boys and men is so important. Following that is a presentation on longevity, and completing this episode is a presentation on sexual health. ED and Testosterone.


Update on House Bill 1270: 

Blair Daly, founder and director of the Washington Initiative for Boys and Men

Joe Cook, Volunteer Youth Leader

Longevity: Living Better and Longer:

Matt Kaeberlein, PhD CEO Optispan, Professor of Pathology, an Affiliate Professor of Oral Health Sciences UW School of Medicine.

Matt is the former Director of the Health Aging and Longevity Research Institute and the Biological Mechanisms of Health Aging Training Program. He is also the former co-director of UW Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging.

Sexual Health, ED, and Testosterone: 

Marah Hehemann, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, UW School of Medicine, and the Director of Male Sexual and Reproductive Health, Puget Sound VA

During This Episode, We Discuss:

* Why a commission on Boys and Men is son needed, and necessary

* Longevity, in terms of  Biological age versus Chronological age

* Targeting Aging in the 21st Century

* Rapamycin Study

* The Dog Aging Project

* What is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

* Why does ED happen to men?

* How do we restore function?

* What is the role of testosterone?

* Safety considerations for testosterone replacement


70% of unsheltered adults in the state are men, as well as 63% of the homeless population overall.

Blair Daly and Joe Cook

Boys are three times more likely than girls to be suspended from school.

Blair Daly and Joe Cook

35% of boys graduate high school with at least a 3.0 GPA, compared to 51% of girls, according to a new study from the University of Washington commissioned by AIBM.

Blair Daly and Joe Cook

Boys and men are at a four times higher risk of suicide than girls and women, accounting for 79% of all suicide deaths in the state.

Blair Daly and Joe Cook

Find a good doctor who thinks “prevention” rather than “repair shop” appropriately balances risk/reward.

Lifestyle matters (eat, move, sleep, connect)

  Dr. Matt Kaeberlein

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a critical early indicator of health issues, much like a canary in a coal mine. Men with ED are at a higher risk of dying prematurely, showing a 1.7 times greater risk compared to those without ED. Moreover, for deaths related to cardiovascular disease, men with ED are 1.4 times more likely to die from these causes than men without ED.

  Dr. Marah Hehemann


Recommended Resources:

Washington Initiative for Boys and Men

HB 1270 WA State House of Representatives

Watch the Optispan YouTube Channel

Episode 67: The Original Guide to Men’s Health

AUAnet.org – Guidelines- Erectile Dysfunction- Testosterone Deficiency

Sexual Medicine Society of North America

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