6 Facts You May Not Know About Men’s Health
“Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.”
Congressman Bill Richardson (Congressional Record, H3905-H3906, May 24, 1994)
1. Macho men
A study on men’s health conducted by Himmelstein and Sanchez — published in the Journal of Health Psychology — involved gender-role interviews with nearly 500 males and females. It found that guys with traditional masculine ideals were less likely to seek healthcare, more likely to downplay symptoms, and had worse overall health compared with women and men with more progressive ideas of masculinity.
2. Cholesterol Medication Could Be Lowering Your Testosterone
As you may know, all sex hormones are made of cholesterol, including testosterone. Medications that lower cholesterol in the body can also lower the levels of testosterone in men. If your high cholesterol is not caused by genetics or hypothyroid issues (yes, hypothyroidism may contribute to high cholesterol), you may want to consider changing your lifestyle. By improving your diet and exercise regime, you may significantly lower your cholesterol without taking statins.
3. Heart Disease causes 1 in 4 Male Deaths
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States. Some of the contributing factors to heart disease are: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and stress. However, there are a few basic steps you can take towards heart disease prevention. A healthy meal plan, exercise, stress management, moderate alcohol consumption and regular doctor check-ups can greatly improve your heart health.
4. Men Survive Colorectal Cancer Better Than Women
Men have a higher survival rate with colorectal cancer because they are more likely to be diagnosed with left-sided tumors. Because the right-side of the colon is larger, the tumors grow larger before causing symptoms. This makes a difference in the early detection of this cancer, the third leading cause of cancer death in the US.
5. Married Men Live Longer
It is commonly known that married men live longer than single men. Loneliness and social isolation experienced by unmarried men gives them an 82% higher risk of dying from heart disease.
6. Men At Work
Although women represent 50% of the workforce, men make up 2/3 of non-fatal workplace injuries. This can be somewhat explained because men are more heavily represented in dangerous occupations and industries like forestry (the most dangerous) and fishing. When it comes to workplace fatalities, men make up 92% of workplace deaths.
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