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Men’s health involves a variety of gender-specific issues, like testosterone production, sexual health and increased likelihood of engaging in risky behavior. Many men avoid doctors and hospitals but suffer from preventable diseases and conditions. Unfortunately, there are also a number of supplements targeted toward men that may do more harm than wellness. Men can take control of their health by eating a healthy diet, making simple lifestyle adjustments and visiting the doctor regularly.
Facts About Men’s Health
Many men do not make their health a high priority in their lives. The ailments that cause the most deaths and illnesses in men are either preventable or treatable. Unfortunately, men are usually less willing than women to visit doctors for checkups or preventative care, to seek treatment during the early stages of an ailment or to seek mental health advice. Men are also more likely to engage in risky behaviour like drinking alcohol in excess, smoking tobacco and driving dangerously. Luckily, there are many easy steps that men can take to improve their health.
Few quick facts about men’s health are given below
- Major risks to men’s health include heart disease, cancer, depression and the tendency to engage in risky behaviour.
- Men are less likely than women to visit the doctor, resulting in more hospitalizations and deaths from preventable conditions.
- Harmful substances and the natural aging process are the top detriments to men’s sexual health.
- Regular checkups and health screenings can result in longer, healthier lives in most men.
- Living a healthy lifestyle can prevent and treat most problems associated with men’s health.
Men’s Health Risks over Time
Men through their 20s and 30s, when men are in their physical prime, they mature and begin to stop engaging in risky behaviours. Still, men are more likely than women to abuse alcohol, smoke and die of accidental deaths.
During their 40s and 50s, men’s bodies produce testosterone at declining rates. They begin to lose muscle mass and become more prone to weight gain. Their risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes increases. On average, men develop heart disease about 10 years earlier than women, and 1 in 4 male deaths is caused by heart disease.
Men’s bodies never completely stop producing testosterone, but testosterone production may decrease with age. When men reach their 60s and 70s, they may begin to experience hair loss and enlarged prostates. In older age, men often become less active and need fewer calories. However, their bodies can’t absorb nutrients at the same rate so they must pay close attention to what they eat.
Diagnosis and health care
Men avoid seeking healthcare until they have to. About 38 percent of men admit to only going to the doctor when they are extremely sick or when symptoms don’t go away on their own. In a survey from the American Academy of Family Physicians, 55 percent of men admitted that they had not seen a doctor for a physical exam within the previous year, although 40 percent of them had one or more chronic health conditions.
Unfortunately, doctors could prevent and treat many of the common health conditions in men with early diagnoses. If caught early, doctors can more effectively treat major conditions like heart disease and colon cancer.
Interestingly, men who are married are more likely to visit the doctor and seek preventative services than cohabiting men or other non-married men. Visiting the doctor regularly can help men catch potentially deadly diseases or conditions early.
The medication of men’s health varies according to the severity and types of the disease.
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Common Diseases and Conditions
Men suffer from many disease of the same conditions that women suffer from, but the conditions are different sexualy.
Men are at a higher risk for high blood pressure than women until age 64. At ages 65 and older, women are more likely to get high blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to a number of problems, including heart failure, aneurysms (bulges in arteries), and an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney failure.
Many men with high blood pressure are also at risk for diabetes, which is a major health concern. The excess buildup of sugar in the body caused by diabetes can lead to severe health problems, including stroke, congestive heart failure, peripheral artery disease, kidney disease and nerve damage. An estimated 14 percent of men older than 18 have diabetes in the U.S.
In conclusion, men care less about their health than women. Therefore, men die more often early than women. Genetically, men face several problems in their sex life. Men produce testosterones for their entire life. During their 40s and 50s, men’s bodies produce testosterone at declining rates. They begin to lose muscle mass and become more prone to weight gain. Their risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes increases. On average, men develop heart disease about 10 years earlier than women, and 1 in 4 male deaths is caused by heart disease.
Testosterone production may decrease with age. When men reach their 60s and 70s, they may begin to experience hair loss and enlarged prostates. In older age, men often become less active and need fewer calories. However, their bodies can’t absorb nutrients at the same rate so they must pay close attention to what they eat.