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June 19, 2018
 

Ask the Expert: Kevin Billups, M.D.

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Ask the Expert: Kevin Billups, M.D.

What are the biggest health issues men face?

There is a crisis in America right now in men's health, and it affects every community. That crisis revolves around managing chronic medical diseases like diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart disease and high cholesterol. These common problems are causing men to die prematurely in the prime of their life.

What is low testosterone?

Testosterone is the main male hormone, and is responsible for a number of things, including reproductive development as a male. It's made in the testes, and impacts a number of functions. The most common symptoms of low testosterone are a decreased sex drive, erectile difficulty, tiredness, mood changes and occasional memory problems. If you have low testosterone, you're at increased risk of developing diabetes, hypertension or a number of other chronic conditions.

After age 40, what happens to a man's prostate?


Once we get over the age of 40, our prostates grow -- it's known as "benign prostate enlargement." The common symptoms include slow urinary stream or a sudden urge to go to the bathroom. An enlarged prostate has been linked to a number of metabolic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

FDA approves first generic under-the-tongue suboxone

The of Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) film from Mylan Technologies Inc. and Dr. Reddy's Laboratories SA will be available in different strengths.

The brand name and generic films should be used as part of an overall treatment plan that includes counseling and psychosocial support, and may only be prescribed by Drug Addiction Treatment Act-certified prescribers, the FDA said.

Common side effects of these films include numbness, burning and inflammation in the mouth, headache, nausea, vomiting, , constipation, signs and symptoms of withdrawal, insomnia, pain, and peripheral edema.

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