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Health Issues Facing Men

Health Issues Facing Men
Health Issues Facing Men

Health Issues Facing Men: Understanding and Preventing the Leading Causes of Illness

Men’s Health is a topic that is quite often overlooked, sidelined and requires a lot more attention as men are more likely to experience chronic health conditions resulting in early death in comparison to women. In fact men die in greater numbers than women to non-gender-specific health problems. While there are many myths that men do not seek medical treatment the truth is a lot more dire.

Men still make up the majority of the workforce dominating high risk industries such as mining, logging and construction working long hours commencing early in the morning to late at night, the society pressures for men to earn money in order to provide an income for their family continues to weigh down on men and create further problems when it comes to men’s mental health.

While data suggests women experience mental health issues more than men, I can’t help but to challenge this statistic based on the current male suicide rate which far outweighs that of women and the overall acceptance and confirmation that our entire medical sector is developed and focused on women and children.

Top Early Killers of Men

Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular Disease which includes heart disease and stroke tops the list of early killers of men. Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle which can be easily prevented through increasing activity through exercising and maintained a healthy diet.

With over 78% of all Australians having a long-term health condition it is important that we take our health a lot more seriously and getting more active as recent data on Australian’s physical activity has found that less than a third of Aussies are getting the minimum recommended amount of daily exercise.

With men being a high risk category for blood pressure, cholesterol and heart attacks all of which can be easily countered with a healthy diet and becoming more active. Time constraints can limit our ability especially once we have children but it is important to remember that not all physical activity must be done alone and including children helps build early role modeling for kids.

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Cancer and Respiratory Killers

Cancer and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are two other early killers facing men with prostate, lung, and colorectal cancer being prominent in men which is up for much debate as these diseases can also be attributed to the work lives of men and the types of work they undertake which puts men at risk of coming in contact with airborne toxins.

Diabetes diagnosis are significantly higher in men than women and have been growing over the past few years indicating that men require urgent support as diabetes can lead to further health problems such including heart disease, kidney disease, and nerve damage. To reduce your risk of developing diabetes, it’s important to maintain a healthy diet that is low in sugar and processed foods, and to get regular physical activity. If you have a family history of diabetes, it’s important to undergo regular screenings and to monitor your blood sugar levels.

Despite the many health issues facing men, many of them can be prevented or managed with proper care and attention and prioritising your health and taking steps to reduce your risk of illness and doing so will help you live a longer, healthier life.

If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of any health issue, it’s important to seek treatment from your local GP or a trained medical practitioner.

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As a caring and hands on dad, Simon devotes himself to his family, career and health.

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