If you’re male, you probably felt like Superman until you hit your late 30s.
That’s when health issues first started nagging at you. Or when you first heard your friends complain about an achy knee or back.
As men age, these concerns shift. Men in their 40s start to worry about their weight, stress levels and moods. Men in their 50s are more concerned about heart disease or ED (erectile dysfunction). Men in their 60s worry more about prostate cancer and their risk for dementia.
“Knowing when to have your car checked is no different than keeping your body in peak condition.”
Men can generally be quite fastidious about our machinery. It doesn’t matter if we are farmers, tradesman, truckers, miners or car owners when a service is due on our machinery we either do it ourselves or we get the mechanic to do it. This is especially so when the value of our machinery is significant – sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars! With the correct maintenance schedule we can keep our machinery running optimally and can often avoid costly repairs – problems can be identified and fixed early before they become major.
“Our most valuable piece of machinery however is our own health”
If we are incapacitated then we are unable to operate all the other machinery that we own. But when it comes to men looking after ourselves we are generally not very good at it! We mostly don’t have a “maintenance schedule” and tend to use the “wait and see” approach. Physically, if we have an ache or pain, our attitude is often that of “I’ll battle through this” or “I’ll wait a while and see if this gets better by itself”. For most of us we get away with this most of the time
“The key to understanding the male biochemistry is through comprehensive internal biochemistry testing”
Australian men are more likely to get sick from serious health problems, such as cancer, than Australian women. Their mortality (death) rate is also much higher.
The poor health status of Australian men is complicated by the fact that men are more likely than women to shy away from health treatment of any kind. The lack of health awareness and unwillingness to adopt a healthier lifestyle also disadvantages men.
Overall, for every two women who die, three men die.
- Australian men are more likely to get sick from serious health problems than Australian women
- Men die in greater numbers than women from almost every non-sex-specific health problem.
- Compared to women, men visit a health practitioner less frequently, have shorter visits, and only attend when their illness is in its later stages.
“Health concerns confronting Males”
Recent studies estimate that two thirds of men (67%) are overweight or obese in Australia. Obesity is associated with an increased risk of
- Type Two Diabetes
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Cardiovascular Event
- Sleep Apnea
“Weight management issues and their downstream implications are readily modifiable and treatable”
The average man spends 40 plus hours a week at work often in a stressful environment. Poorly managed stress can lead to mood changes, energy depletion, depression, and anxiety and low libido.
Unique to the male, the prostate gland can become inflamed and require treatment. Urgency and frequency to urinate along with pain are common but treatable symptoms. Diet, nutrition and lifestyle play a large role in prostate health.
“Men are encouraged by our culture to be tough. Many men believe that complaining of feeling ill or visiting the doctor is a threat to their masculinity or a waste of time, unless they are sick or injured.”
Men’s health has never been more necessary than it is today. For any man that wants to live a long and healthy life, it is important to eat balanced and nutritional meals, exercise regularly and have their health checked. It’s never too late to be healthier!