Last week officials from Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Urology Department organized the first Men’s Health Club Meeting. Held 8 March at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel, the event was attended by 90 physicians from the private and public sector specializing in urology, nephrology, endocrinology, diabetes, cardiology, and community medicine.
Dr. Khalid Al Rumaihi, Head of Urology at HMC, said the meeting, which is thought to be the first initiative of its kind in the country, provided a platform to discuss the latest scientific and research developments related to men's health. Topics of discussion included the health effects of low testosterone, with much of the conversation focused on five research papers that detailed the relationship between low testosterone and other health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, infertility, and varicose veins. The link between obesity and low testosterone levels was also examined, with attendees discussing common symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options.
Dr. Ridwan Shabsigh, Associate Professor of Clinical Urology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, presented a research paper on the importance of men’s health issues as part of the public health agenda. Dr. Al Rumaihi noted that the establishment of the Men’s Health Club is twofold; bringing public attention to the importance of men's health conditions and educating medical professionals about the latest research related to conditions that affect it, both physical and psychological and spanning from puberty to old age.
The Men’s Health Club Meeting will be held every three months.