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. Health conditions can silently creep up on he who visits too many drive-thrus, drinks a little too much or simply has a bad set of genes, so it is important to get regular check-ups. In Part 1 we looked at the prevalence of stroke, depression and cancer among men, so now for a look at diabetes, STIs, and heart disease:
More and more men these days are developing diabetes and other kidney problems like chronic kidney disease. Of the 29 million Americans
with diabetes, a shocking 25% of those don’t even know they have it. Excess alcohol consumption (which is more prevalent with men as well) and poor diet are both contributing factors to the many men struggling with diabetes and other kidney problems. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Too much alcohol can cause chronic inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), which can impair its ability to secrete insulin and ultimately lead to diabetes.” Too much alcohol can also contribute to virtually all of the disease on this list as well, so it is important to keep alcohol intake under about 2 drinks daily for men.
Sexually Transmitted Disease
Sexually transmitted infections are rampant in our modern world for all genders, but many men don’t even realize they are silently carrying STIs that can cause harm to both themselves and their partners. Some of the main culprits for men include:
- HPV – The vast majority of sexually active people will contract a form of the human papilloma virus. While most types don’t cause problems, other types can lead to terrible warts or even cancer. Men are often carriers of HPV and pass it to women who man go on to develop precancerous cells or other reproductive issues, therefor it is important for men practice safe sex.
- Herpes – Nearly 20% of men will contract some type of herpes, most of whom will be under 25 years of age. Herpes is quite an unpleasant disease that can lead to terrible blisters, fever and swollen lymph nodes.
- HIV - Perhaps the most frightening of all STDs is HIV, which often leads to life-threatening AIDS. HIV can lay dormant for years before developing into AIDS or causing other health problems, so it is very important to get screened regularly if you are sexually active.
- Hepatitis B and C – are conditions that cause inflammation of the liver and can be passed from person to person via sexual contact. If left untreated, hepatitis can lead to permanent liver damage or even liver cancer.
There are many other STDs that commonly affect men, including chlamydia and syphilis, so it is important to get regular checkups and screenings to catch and treat any STDs early and avoid future complications or the risk of passing the disease to a partner.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, striking 1 in every 4 American men. According to the CDC, between 70-80% of heart attacks and other cardiac events
happen to men. Even more starling is the fact that at least half of men who undergo these distressing, life-threatening heart episodes had no previous symptoms
. So boys, do you see just how important it is to get regular checkups? Only a doctor can tell you how your cholesterol levels are, or if your blood pressure is where it should be. Might be time to book an appointment!
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