“He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything around.”
One thing everyone’s parents have necessarily taught them is the importance of health and that how money can never bring you back your lost good health. However, as and when we grow up, the amount of heed we pay to our health constantly keeps on decreasing. It is important for every person, every gender, and every age group, to keep their bodies fit and pay proper attention to their health concerns.
However, the negligence of men towards their health is highly concerning. Studies show that men are 24% less likely than women to go for regular check-ups.
Here, we list a few health symptoms that shouldn’t be ignored by men:
Sweating, breathlessness, frequent discomfort in the chest, fainting, etc. are common symptoms that play a vital role in recognizing severe heart problems before it grows to the extent to take the most severe form of a heart attack. Cardiovascular diseases are conditions that arise due to a glitch in the proper functioning of the arteries/blood vessels/veins that run through the heart and consequently lead to strokes or attacks.
Diseases of the heart form a major percentage of causes of death in the world. However, it is generally observed that most men come to know of them at a very later stage, i.e. when their condition becomes severe. This is major because many times, the symptoms of heart diseases are not even related to the heart. What men might consider normal fatigue and dizziness might as well be a symptom.
Steps to prevent: The major reasons that are behind the growing rise of cardiovascular diseases among men are: obesity and smoking. Reducing smoking and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can majorly contribute to lowering your chances of contracting any sort of heart disease. Healthy diets, regular exercise helps keep cholesterol and hypertension problems in check, which also lead to cardio diseases in a lot of cases. It is time men start taking their health concerns seriously and pay regular visits to the doctor.
When the cells in the male reproductive gland under the bladder start growing uncontrollably, it leads to prostate cancer, which leads to the chart of top men’s health concerns. The major health symptoms that men shouldn’t ignore are encountering problems with urination like frequent urination, or pain during urination, or even blood in the urine or semen.
Many men go through asymptomatic prostate cancer, and hence, it becomes all the more important to go for frequent and regular body check-ups and doctor visits.
Steps to prevent: While there is no fixed way to prevent prostate cancer from happening, there sure are a few things every man must do to reduce their chances of developing the condition. The health concerns men shouldn’t ignore in this regard are regular checkups for stress, cholesterol, limiting alcohol and cigarette usage, and maintaining a healthy diet.
Male infertility is really common in the present date, and low or abnormal sperm function or blockages might prevent sperm delivery.
The health symptoms men shouldn’t ignore in this regard include not being able to conceive a child even after at least trying for a year.
Most men are likely to ignore infertility problems because it is a general notion that fertility problems are more prevalent in women.
Steps to prevent: Infertility is generally a result of some specific genetic factors or maybe some particular condition, and it cannot be completely prevented by following a standard list of things. However, there are always a few steps one can take to reduce the risk, like a healthy diet, avoiding substance use, and consumption of any kind of addictive substances. Anything that might cause heat to the genitals must also be avoided for the prevention of infertility.
The likelihood of a person contracting diabetes has increased by leaps and bounds over the past few years. It is again one of the top health concerns that men ignore and later, suffer at the hands of it. Statistics prove that diabetes (especially type 2 diabetes) is more common in men than in women. When a person develops diabetes, his body becomes resistant to the pancreatic hormone called insulin, which leads to increased glucose levels in the blood.
Type 2 diabetes is more common in adults, and its symptoms include:
- Frequent urination
- Weight loss
- Frequent appetite
Research also indicates a connection between type 2 diabetes in men and low testosterone levels. Diabetes, if not controlled properly, can also lead to cardiovascular diseases or kidney failure, nerve damage, etc.
Steps to prevent: Like most other diseases, the key to prevent diabetes is a healthy, balanced lifestyle, with a good diet and regular exercise to keep your body fit.
Common heath symptoms that men shouldn’t ignore
It is common for us to ignore little health concerns like tiredness or constant dizziness. Here are a few health concerns that men shouldn’t ignore at all, because you never know when such small symptoms might turn into something dangerous.
Chest pain: Might be a symptom of pneumonia, asthma, or a cardiovascular disease
Fatigue: A very common symptom of many fatal diseases like cancer, arthritis, problems with the kidney, liver, etc.
Breathlessness: Breathlessness among men is very common, but it might be an indication of lung cancer, bronchitis, hypertension, etc.
Problems with urination: Genital issues are one of the most common men’s health concerns, and they might indicate prostate cancer or a kidney stone, or any other serious complications.
Depression: Feeling low for no reason is natural sometimes. However, most people fail to understand when does it turn into anxiety and depression, further giving rise to a lot of health concerns. Men generally tend not to speak up about depression and hardly ever go for consultation or therapy in such situations.
A healthy body is the most important asset one can possess. It affects your entire being, your mind, the way you think and act, and almost each and everything.
So, let us start paying a little more attention to our bodies and major health concerns ignored by men. Let’s be healthy.