21 Jun When She’ll Be Right Isn’t Enough
The month of June is Men’s Health Month, so we thought it would be timely to look at how men approach health care and look at some of their key health indicators and common health issues suffered by men in this modern day and age.
It’s a fact that, on average, men die younger than women. A lot of research has been done about why this might be so and it’s generally agreed that men’s reluctance to address health issues early is a contributing factor. It is thought that this results from ingrained perceptions around having to brave, courageous and emotionally restrained. American studies have found that men with strong, traditional ideas about masculinity were less likely to seek medical help, and were more likely to downplay their symptoms and suffer worse health outcomes than women or men who did not share those values.
Here in New Zealand this perception is probably exacerbated by the “she’ll be right” mentality of a lot of men, especially older men.
The reality is that there are some health issues that should never be ignored and if you notice these symptoms or even worse, have them consistently you should go and see your doctor as soon as possible.
Chest Pain – Chest pain is not just related to heart attacks, it can also be caused by gastrointestinal health conditions.
Breathlessness – Falling short of breath is common amongst men these days and is often ignored due to the fact that they may need to change something about their lifestyle to improve it.
Fatigue – Some men suffer from chronic fatigue on a regular basis which can lead to low energy, lack of motivation and also sleep deprivation.
Depression – Unfortunately research suggests that men are more common to fall victim to ongoing depression due to high stress and society pressures.
Memory Loss – Constant ongoing memory loss and unexplained forgetfulness
Erectile Dysfunction: Two-thirds of men older than 70 and up to 39% of 40-year-old men have problems with erectile dysfunction.
Urinary crisis: Bloody urine or trouble in urinating among men is of serious concern, as it can be due to kidney & liver disorders or lead to prostate cancer.
We want to help to change the “She’ll be right attitude” and recognize that men’s health is important. If you or someone you know are suffering from any of these symptoms on a regular basis or even intermittently then it’s time for a check-up with your GP.
For more information on Men’s Health Month in NZ you can check out: http://menshealthnz.org.nz/mens-health-month/
Or for more information on the above signs and symptoms of these major health issues you can read more here: http://www.healthfreedoms.org/7-symptoms-men-ignore-which-could-lead-to-serious-health-problems/