Officials from the Urology Department of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) organised the very first Men’s Health Club Meeting at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel recently.

The event was attended by 90 physicians from the private and public sector, with specialisations in various medical fields: urology, nephrology, endocrinology, diabetes, cardiology, and community medicine.

Dr Khalid Al Rumaihi, Head of Urology at HMC, said the meeting, an initiative that is a first of its kind in the country, provided an opportunity to discuss the latest scientific and research developments related to men’s health. Among the topics discussed include the health effects of low testosterone, and on the 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 discussions on 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 meanwhile 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.