Don’t ignore what you are feeling! Because adult males are much less likely on average to seek professional medical assistance than women, it is even more important that men know when they are facing the symptoms of some of the most common ailments to impact on them.
Of course, many conditions affect both men and women, but there are some male-specific problems which men ought to be particularly mindful of. Research from a government report from 2014 called Living well for longer found the top five killers for more than 150,000 deaths a year among under-75s in England alone and the Department of Health estimates two-thirds of them are entirely avoidable.
Read on to discover the 5 key conditions that impact on male health in the UK and what their tell-tale signs are.
1.Men’s Mental Health and Stress
According to the Mental Health Foundation, women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with common mental health disorders, such as anxiety. Yet, it is well-established that men seek professional help much less frequently than women for a variety of conditions. As such, accepting there is a problem that is worthy of a doctor’s attention is the most important first step to recovery. Bear in mind that suicides are rare among sufferers of mental health issues. However, at this extreme end of the scale, men make up 78 per cent of those who end up taking their own lives.
Dealing with so-called low-level mental health problems early helps to prevent bigger problems down the line. Seek help for stress which might be brought about in the workplace, at home or elsewhere before you start to feel higher levels of anxiety. Many of these conditions can be controlled with a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication to help to balance your mood.
2. Hair Loss
Male pattern baldness impacts on about half of all men to some degree by the time they are fifty. Some men are not too bothered by it but it can be disheartening for others. Hair loss can be caused by some conditions, such as liver disease, or from behaviors, like crash dieting. Therefore, not bothering with professional medical attention may lead to a more serious issue. However, in most cases, coping with hair loss means men need to handle their changing appearance positively. For some, this means working out whether a wig will be suitable and for others it means having to shave their scalp and focussing on their overall appearance more. Both have pros and cons, but there is plenty of help out there.
For some, this means working out whether a wig will be suitable and for others it means having to shave their scalp and focussing on their overall appearance more. Both have pros and cons, but there is plenty of help out there.
3. Heart Disease
Men suffer from heart disease more than women and they tend to do so at a younger age. Dizziness, nausea and chest pains are all sure signs that you may be suffering from this deadly condition. However, you can help yourself by taking vitamins regularly as a supplement. Alternatively, change your diet to lower your cholesterol and consume more vitamins from fruit and vegetables. Even regular low-level exercise will improve your blood cholesterol levels and mean your heart begins to get better.
4. Libido and Impotence Within Relationships
Suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED) can be devastating for the sufferer and their partner. A once healthy sex life may go into a tailspin if impotence becomes a more regular occurrence, even if you have a healthy libido. Bear in mind that there may be treatable medical causes of ED, so you should seek professional help and overcome any embarrassment you might understandably suffer from. Worrying about ED can lead to anxiety over your sexual performance which tends to make matters worse, so it really is worth seeking help.
Men in their middle age are more likely to suffer from diabetes than women. British Men’s Health Issues in 2017 has a higher rate of Diabetes in men than women, too. Therefore, men with a sedentary lifestyle who suffer from fatigue at the slightest level of exercise or with diabetes in their family history are, particularly at-risk. Thankfully, a healthier diet with lower levels of sugar intake can help. Simple weight loss can be a big help in fighting this condition, so make the effort to get fitter and to fight fatigue.
Seek your doctor’s advice, if you have any doubts over your health, as prevention is always better than cure when it comes to Male health.
Sources: NHS Live Well for Longer Report, Health Harvard education, Diabetes.org.uk