Although a man’s body is a complex machine that can repair itself in amazing ways, like most machines, the human body can have problems and defects during its long life. Whether it is an illness, stress, or other physical complication, knowing how to deal with the problem can often help you avoid the matter. Here are six men’s health issues you should know about.
The latest medical reports from the scientific communities claim that one of every three men in the US has cardiovascular disease. As a result, nearly three million men suffer a stroke each year, and the number of young men experiencing hypertension reportedly rising. Coronary heart disease is also a problem, with numbers believed to be about 1 in 14.
One of the least reported problems is known as ED. With numerous possible causes, erectile dysfunction can have a devastating effect on a man’s self-esteem, and there are many groups dedicated to conquering erectile dysfunction by helping men discover the causes and fighting back. Some possible cause of ED can include high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, low testosterone levels, and heart disease.
Men and women experience depression very differently and on a very different scale. Men find themselves more fatigued, irritable, and hopeless in a world they believe counts on them to provide for a family and succeed in the work world. Sadly, depression in men often results in suicide attempts, and while women may attempt suicide more often, men succeed at a significantly higher rate.
Most men don’t like to admit they have sexual problems, so the reported numbers are seen as much lower than actual statistics. Diabetes offers a special type of challenge because it lowers a man’s testosterone levels, thus ensuring impotence and a low sex drive. Alcohol can also result in the suppression of the production of male hormones – leading to a reduction of body hair, infertility, and impotence.
Trying to feel good and reduce stress levels often results in men imbibing in alcohol each day or heavily on the weekends. The result can be anger issues, alcohol-related hospitalization or deaths, intoxicated driving accidents, and attempted suicides. Excessive alcohol can also increase the risk of esophagus, throat, and other types of cancer in men.
Men may believe they are invulnerable to pneumonia, but like all inflammations of the body, pneumonia is random and caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microorganisms. The illness can put men in bed for a few days, or it may kill them – it is that serious. Since most pneumonia is resistant to antibiotics, it is important to get the pneumonia shot as soon as you are able because it is always best to prevent the illness rather than wait to battle it.
Because of their higher rate of tobacco and alcohol consumption, men are at great risk for liver complications such as cancer, cirrhosis, and fatty liver disease. If men have male sexual partners, they also have an increased risk of viral hepatitis B.
Choosing a healthy lifestyle can help keep your human body machine running efficiently, but when it does run into a complication, make sure you seek medical advice as soon as possible. It could keep you alive.