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Top 10 Health Risk In Men


Although women are catching up, men still have higher rates of smoking and drinking which makes them more susceptible to certain diseases.


According to the American Heart Association, 33% of all men have some sort of heart disease. High blood pressure is becoming more common in younger men and nearly 3 million men experience stroke annually. It is important to exercise and eat a heart healthy diet, and have your blood pressure and lipid profile checked every year to help prevent this number one killer. 


Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Men are diagnosed with lung cancer more commonly than women, and certain exposures at work including asbestos, further contribute to the stats. While there are no effective screening tests available, the best way to prevent lung cancer is through smoking cessation.


While a glass of red wine daily has helpful antioxidants, over drinking is linked to increased risks of certain cancers including mouth, throat, esophagus, liver and colon cancers. For men who are trying to get their partner pregnant, excessive alcohol can decrease testosterone production and interfere with sperm production as well.


Men usually avoid the signs and symptoms of depression, including lack of interest, low energy, irritability and change in sleep patterns. Low testosterone may also mimic depression in men. Although the rate of suicide attempts is higher in women, the rate of successful suicides is higher in men.


After heart disease and cancer, injuries and accidents is the 3rd leading cause of men according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).


Diabetes can lead to impotence, testosterone deficiency, heart disease and is the number one cause of kidney failure in the US. Keeping your weight under control and getting routine check-ups is important to help minimize the negative effects associated with this disease.


Men over the age of 50 have the highest risk of skin cancer, not only because of life long sun exposure, but also, because historically, men do not visit their doctors as regularly as women do. At the Los Angeles Men’s Health Center, we incorporated a skin exam for our initial visit for all men 50 and older.


New cases of HIV infection are increasing in gay men, especially those between the ages of 13-29.


Because men are more likely to have other health risks, the common flu can be more life threatening. The CDC recommends flu shots for all men over the age of 65. 


Due to higher levels of alcohol and drug abuse, men are more likely to develop liver diseases including cirrhosis and hepatitis.

Meet Dr. Movassaghi

Mehran Movassaghi, M.D., is a board-certified, fellowship trained urologist treating patients in Santa Monica California. He has vast experience with endourology and men’s health. He provides a variety of treatments for conditions including prostate enlargement and cancer, low testosterone, erectile dysfunction, testicular cancer, kidney stones, and infertility including vasectomies. Before joining St. John’s Physician Partners, Dr. Movassaghi began the first of its kind comprehensive men’s health program in the Los Angeles area.


Dr. Movassaghi earned his medical degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, Geffen School of Medicine. He then served his internship at Stanford University Hospital & Clinics and his residencies at Stanford University Hospital & Clinic and USC (University of Southern California). He later completed a prestigious fellowship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Movassaghi is a member of the American Urological Association, the Endourological Society and sits on the board of the American Society for Men’s Health.

Throughout his tenure, he has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in the areas of endourology, quality of life and integrative medicine. He is the founder of the Los Angeles Prostate Cancer 5K and an avid advocate of prevention for both urologic and other forms of chronic illness.

Dr. Movassaghi believes our body is the most complex piece of machinery ever made, and each system is dependent on the other for optimal performance. At every milestone in life, men face different health challenges. Screening, education, and early treatment are the most effective means for longevity and optimal quality of life. He looks forward to welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance.



Success at the Highest Levels

From earning his medical degree at UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine to residency at the prestigious Stanford University Hospital & Clinics and University of Southern California University, Dr. Movassaghi has excelled at the highest levels. He has also completed fellowship work at the world-renown Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles before starting his own urology practice.

Major Insurance Accepted

Here is a list of insurance we accept. Please call our office if you have any questions.

Beech Street
Blue Shield of California
Choice Care Network
Coventry Health Care
First Health
Health Net
Multiplan, Inc.
United Healthcare PPO

As one of the leading men’s urologists in Los Angeles, Dr.Movassaghi is the Director of the comprehensive men’s health program at the prestigious Providence St. John’s Men’s Health Center.

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