According to the CDC, women are 33% more likely
to visit the doctor regularly or when health concerns arise than men are. Men simply don’t visit the doctor enough and the proof is in the statistic reports. Let’s take a look at some of the conditions that commonly affect men (many of whom don’t even know they are ill):
Cancer is the second leading cause of disease-related death in the united states, and men succumb to the effects more than women. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society
, more than half of all American men will get some form of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Testicular cancer is the most common form for young men, striking over 8700 men
and killing approximately 380 of them annually. The shocking prevalence of cancer among men should be enough reason alone for men to attend their annual physical or get a checkup when things don’t seem right, as cancer is much more survivable the earlier it is caught. Lung cancer and prostate cancer also strike males with alarming frequency and smoking is often to blame for the former of the two.
Over 6 million American men will struggle with depression annually, but unfortunately, statistics show that men are far less likely to seek help for their depression than women. Moreover, depression often doesn’t present the same way between the sexes. The American Psychological Association
explains that while women are more likely to battle feelings of guilt, sadness, worthlessness and shame, for men, depression manifests itself as anger (sometimes even episodes of verbal or physical abuse), irritation, lack of motivation, life or job dissatisfaction, and loss of interest in usual activities. Men are also more likely to dangerously self medicate with recreational drugs or alcohol, which compounds the depression, as alcohol is a depressant. It is extremely important for men who are noticing some of these symptoms to go to the doctor and speak up about it to get help. Untreated depression in men can lead to other complications such as sexual dysfunction, job loss, alcohol dependence or even suicidal thoughts (or actions). So see your doctor ASAP if you are experiencing depression symptoms.
A stroke happens when blood flow to the brain is reduced or cut off, and brain cells die off due to lack of oxygen. As the fifth leading cause of death in American men, strokes are all too common in today’s population. Up to 80% of strokes can be prevented
by curbing modifiable risk factors such as:
- Having high blood pressure
- Leading a high-stress lifestyle
- Physical inactivity
- Eating a diet high in take-out and junk food and low in produce
- Drinking alcohol in excess
Stay tuned for part 2 next! Thanks for visiting EMC, stay healthy and happy!