Survey results for

September/October: Men and their Health

Ahead of our Online Clinic on Prostate Health (16 – 20 November 2015), which will allow talkhealth members to ask our experts any questions they have about anything related to prostate, penis, or testicular health, talkhealth ran a survey throughout September and October on Men and Their Health. In total, 1604 people completed the survey – around 40% were men themselves; the rest were answering on behalf of a man in their household.

Hair Loss

Man with thinning hairMost of the men responding to our survey were concerned about losing their hair, and a roughly equal amount reported that their hair had already started thinning. It’s surprising, then, that the vast majority – over 80% – said that they were taking no action to prevent hair loss. Interestingly, responses suggested that hair loss was a concern for men in their twenties at least as much as for older men: more men had started to notice their hair thinning in their twenties than in any other age category.

Some men, though, had taken steps to combat hair loss, with special shampoos being the most popular measure taken. The most popular brand of shampoo was L’Oréal, followed by Alpecin.


The vast majority of men responding to our survey said that they snore. Of those that do snore, very few had taken any steps to prevent snoring – though the most popular treatment tried was nasal strips. The most popular brand by far was Breathe Right.

Athlete’s Foot and Nail Fungus

Nearly half of our respondents have or have had either athlete’s foot or a fungal nail infection, or both. Most of the men who had experienced one of these, nearly all of them had tried some treatment or other to ease their symptoms – most had tried using creams, and quite a few had tried powders or sprays. The most popular brand was Scholl.

Skin Conditions and Shaving

men's shaving setJust under half of the men who completed our survey had a skin condition of some sort, including dry and sensitive skin, eczema, psoriasis, acne, and rosacea. Just over half said that they would definitely see the doctor if they had a problem with their skin.

Of the men with skin conditions, nearly half said that their conditions affect their choice of shaving products. Among all of the men, shaving gels were slightly more popular than shaving foams – but these were by far the most popular shaving products. The most popular brand was Gillette.

Vitamins & Supplements

Over a third of respondents said that they are currently taking vitamins or supplements. By far the most common were general wellbeing supplements, followed by arthritis & bone supplements and energy supplements.

Excessive Perspiration

A fifth of men reported experiencing excessive perspiration – of those, a further fifth had seen a medical professional about it. Of those men experiencing excessive perspiration, about half had used extra-strong antiperspirants to control their sweating, but nearly as many had taken no steps at all.


Nearly half of the men in our survey had never had their cholesterol levels checked by a medical professional, and over half said that they were currently doing nothing to maintain or control a healthy cholesterol level. Of those men that were actively trying to control their cholesterol, the most popular measures taken were lifestyle related – either diet control or taking extra exercise.

Sports Injuries

Asked whether they’d experienced a sports-related injury at any point in their lives, over a third of respondents said that they had. An overwhelming majority of those that had experienced a sports injury had taken ibuprofen to ease the resulting symptoms, and large numbers had taken paracetamol and used heat patches. The most popular brand in this area was Deep Heat.

Further Involvement

Respondents were asked a number of questions about how product reviews and samples would affect their decisions when it comes to buying men’s health-related products, whether and how they’d like to be involved in such product tests, and whether they’d like to be further contacted by talkhealth in relation to such matters.

The vast majority reported both that they’d be more likely to buy a product if they’d sampled it first, and that their purchases would be affected if they’d read reviews of that product. Most also said that they’d be happy to take part in product tests and future surveys themselves.

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