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Men's Metabolic Health

Metabolic health issues are a common concern among men. Our providers are here to help.

Medically reviewed on Dec. 04, 2023.

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Your Partner in Care

Your health care team plays an important role in maintaining good metabolic health. Primary care providers are the first level of care, followed by specialists with expertise in focused areas.

At UC Davis Health, our providers collaborate around your individual needs. Working together, we provide:

  • Education to prevent metabolic health conditions
  • Screenings to detect metabolic health conditions early
  • Guidance and support to help you improve your metabolic health

Our Difference

World-Class Expertise

When you need specialty care, you have access to expertise found only at a leading academic health system. UC Davis Health is nationally ranked in several metabolic health-related specialties, including cardiology and endocrinology. See our latest awards and honors.


Metabolic health conditions are a leading cause of death and disease in men. Our researchers are working to find new ways to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and other metabolic health conditions. Learn more about UC Davis Health clinical studies.

Convenient Care

When possible, we provide care close to home. You’ll find primary care offices located in Sacramento and across Northern California. We also offer Telehealth Express Care, which allows you to access our primary and specialty care physicians from any location.


What Is Metabolic Health?

Metabolism is how your body breaks down, stores and uses nutrients from the food you eat. Your ability to process food depends on your age, biological sex and genetics. Other factors that affect metabolism include your diet, weight, exercise, sleep and mental health.

Your metabolism relies on complex interactions between your gut and brain. Chemical messengers called hormones regulate these interactions. Insulin is a key hormone in metabolic health that helps your cells take in sugar from your bloodstream. Other hormones process the fats in the food you eat.

If you have a healthy metabolism, the levels of insulin, sugar and fat in your blood remain relatively constant after you eat. If you have poor metabolic health, eating food may cause your insulin, sugar and fat levels to spike. Over time, these spikes can cause inflammation and increase your risk for metabolic diseases. 

Types of Metabolic Diseases


In diabetes, your body does not produce enough insulin. Without this essential hormone, sugar builds up in your blood.

Learn more about endocrinology care
Fatty Liver Disease

Fatty liver disease occurs when fat accumulates in your liver. This buildup can lead to liver failure.

Kidney Disease

Your kidneys filter waste from your blood and help maintain the fluid level in your body. Kidney disease affects these important functions.

Get more information about chronic kidney disease
Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions that often occur together. They include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, abdominal obesity, and abnormal blood fats. Metabolic syndrome increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes.

Explore endocrine and metabolic diseases

How to Improve Your Metabolic Health

The good news is that you can take steps to lower your risk of metabolic health diseases and improve your overall health. Talk to your provider about the best options for you.

Metabolic health tips include:

Eat Healthy

The best foods for a healthy diet include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats. Limit sugar, salt, alcohol and processed foods.


Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. Check with your provider before starting an exercise program to make sure exercise is safe for you.

Manage Stress

Chronic stress can contribute to metabolic dysfunction. Some options for stress reduction include spending time with friends and family, getting enough sleep and practicing relaxation.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Carrying excess weight increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and other metabolic health conditions.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is linked to many diseases, including metabolic health conditions. Quitting smoking, or not starting if you don’t smoke, is one of the best things you can do for your health.

See Your Provider Regularly

Routine visits can help prevent or treat metabolic health conditions. Your provider will check your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. They will also review your risk factors.

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"National Diabetes Statistics Report," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),

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Awards and Recognitions
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Ranked among the nation’s best hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best hospital in cancer, cardiology, heart & vascular surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ENT, geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery, obstetrics & gynecology, and pulmonology & lung surgery.

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Ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best children’s hospital in diabetes & endocrinology, nephrology, and orthopedics*. (*Together with Shriners Children’s)

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Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital

Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital by U.S. News, and high-performing in COPD, colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, hip fracture, hip replacement, kidney failure, leukemia, lymphoma & myeloma, lung cancer surgery, ovarian cancer surgery, pneumonia, prostate cancer surgery, stroke, TAVR, uterine cancer surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, and orthopedics.

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The nation’s highest nursing honor

UC Davis Medical Center has received Magnet® recognition, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence.

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“Most Wired” for acute care

UC Davis Health has been recognized as a level 10 out of 10 in the Digital Health “Most Wired” program from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The honor recognizes excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

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“Most Wired” for ambulatory care

UC Davis Health has been recognized as a level 10 out of 10 in the Digital Health “Most Wired” program from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The honor recognizes excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

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World-class cancer care

One of ~56 U.S. cancer centers designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute.

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A leader in health care equality

For the 11th consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality.”

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