Men’s Health: A Family Matter
June is Men’s Health Awareness Month, but recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, sisters and others, men’s health is truly a family matter.
Although women are more prone to depression, anxiety and connective tissue disorders, men have higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, alcoholism, substance abuse and certain kinds of cancer. Despite these facts, research suggests that men are more likely than women to skip cancer screenings and routine check-ups. According to public health researcher Jenna Davis, “Our findings indicate that there is a need for better health and cancer screening promotion among men.”
Below are some of the major warning signs related to men’s health that we should all be aware of to help the men in our lives stay healthy. Consult with your doctor, or encourage him to, if any of these symptoms appear.
- Changes in bowel or bladder habits: Frequent urination could be a sign of an inflammation or an enlarged prostate, both of which are common problems for men as they age. Blood in the urine should be taken seriously and is often a common indicator of kidney problems.
- Impotence or erectile dysfunction: Typically, erectile problems are secondary symptoms of a much more serious health problem. This issue could be an early warning sign of diabetes, heart disease or high cholesterol.
- Unusual or persistent symptoms: Persistent backaches, changes in the color of urine or stool, obvious changes in warts or moles, unusual lumps, reoccurring chest pains or headaches, bleeding that won’t stop, unexplained weight loss, and extreme fatigue could all be symptoms of other serious health problems and should be checked out by a physician immediately.
- Depression: While women may be more likely to attempt suicide, men are four times more likely to succeed, making suicide the seventh leading cause of death in men. Because men may think they are supposed to be “strong and silent,” you should pay close attention to his actions. Consider these questions:
- Is he acting overly anxious?
- Is he having trouble sleeping?
- Does he complain about feeling sad, empty or helpless?
- Has he been taking unusual risks or acting recklessly?
- Has he lost interest in hobbies or activities he once enjoyed?
Talking about these issues can sometimes be difficult to discuss. But taking the necessary preventative steps could be the difference between a minor issue and one that manifests into something much more serious.
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