God decided to make men stronger, but not necessarily healthier. Men lead their partners in fatalities for almost all diseases (14 out of 15 in fact) with Alzheimer’s being the only exception. Even their average lifespan is shorter by 5 years than their counterparts.
More than the biological factors, the reason men tend to attract these health woes is more psychological. On an average, men visit their doctor far less than women do. Most men tend to relate their ability to ably perform their responsibilities, to their general health and wellness, leaving them at risk of terminal illness by the time they seek medical help. So let aside your male chauvinism, listen to subtle changes to your health and seek medical guidance when its needed.
As someone rightly said: “Health isn’t simply the absence of disease”.
Top 7 threats to Men’s Health today:
There are no surprises on this list because they are so common and rampant considering the lifestyle and stress that men (and to an extent women) go through in today’s hectic fast paced lives:
- Heart disease and Stroke: If there is
- Lung Cancer: Tobacco smoke causes 90% of all lung cancers. Even though smoking rates have reduced, but lack of effective screening tests to diagnose lung cancer earlier makes it a lethal disease affecting men. The best preventive and curative recommendation (and a fairly straight forward one) still remains: QUIT Smoking! Check with your medical practitioner on effective ways to help curb, quit and refrain from relapse.
- Prostate Cancer: Men have no competition from their partners here. Prostate cancer remains the most common cancer affecting men, with skin cancer coming a close second. Many prostate cancers are slow-growing and unlikely to spread, but lack of initial screening
- Depression and Suicide: Though women look more vulnerable to depression strangely it is the men who top this list. The crux of the problem lies in the way men tend to “bottle up” their pent up frustrations, anxieties and fears. These feelings manifest in various other forms like aggressiveness, drug and alcohol abuse, etc. Men are also less likely to seek help for depression. So though women beat men when it comes to attempts at suicide, men are less likely to chicken out and more adept at sticking to their motive. Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death among all men; for young men it’s higher. Seek expert counseling and help to avoid taking the drastic step.
- Diabetes: Aptly called the “silent” killer, diabetes doesn’t manifest itself aggressively or suddenly, but more like a parasite eating away without
- Erectile Dysfunction: Though the least fatal when compared to others, what Erectile Dysfunction (ED) does to men is far more psychological than physical. A lack of interest and depression are fallouts of ED. More importantly ED, mostly caused due to arterial blockages (atherosclerosis), is primarily a tell tale sign of ill health in blood vessels throughout the body. Ensure that you consult an urologist to diagnose and treat early.
- Alcohol Abuse: Studies have proved that men face higher rates of alcohol-related deaths and hospitalizations than women do. Alcohol consumption increases risk for cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus,