According to research, most of the ailments that lead to serious illness and even death in men are either treatable or preventable. Sadly, unlike women, men are usually more reluctant to visit the doctor's office for preventive care or regular check-ups. Interestingly, men should actually visit their physicians regularly, even more than women. The reason for this is quite obvious. First, men are more prone to engage in dangerous habits such as excess alcohol consumption, reckless driving, and heavy tobacco smoking. The fact is that regular health screening and check-ups by men can result in healthier and longer lives because any health concern would be detected early enough.
Some of the major health risks in men include erectile dysfunction, prostate and bladder health, low libido, heart disease, hair loss, aches and pains, cancer, fungal infections, and depression. It is important to mention that harmful substances as well as the natural aging process are the top causes of men's sexual health concerns. However, a well-adjusted lifestyle, healthy diet, and regular exercise can treat and prevent some of the issues associated with men's sexual health.
Men are generally in their prime, physically all through their 20s and 30s. As they mature, they stop engaging in some reckless behaviour. However, they continue to imbibe in some other habits that are very detrimental to their health. Some of these detrimental habits are alcohol abuse, smoking, and reckless lifestyle. In their 40s and 50s, men's testosterone production begins to decline. They then start to lose their muscle mass and become highly prone to gaining weight. As a result of everything happening in their body systems, their risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease begin to increase.
According to research, men generally develop heart disease about ten to fifteen years earlier than women. In addition to this, about 25% of all deaths caused by heart disease happen to men between the ages of 35 and 65. As men grow older, the testosterone production continues to reduce. It is essential to point out here that men's bodies never stop producing testosterone; only that the rate of production reduces greatly. By their 60s and 70s, the reduced testosterone production contributes largely to enlarge prostates and hair loss. The good side of the reduction in testosterone production is the decrease in men's risk of osteoporosis and Alzheimer's
To rectify the issue of testosterone depletion in men, hormone replacement therapy is usually recommended. You can discuss with your physician about the possibility of using this therapy.
The significance of men's sexual health can only be appreciated when one considers the huge amount of money spent on men's sexual treatment on a yearly basis. When we talk about sexual health, we refer to a state of well-being where a man can fully get involve and enjoy the pleasure in sexual activities. Sex is meant for more than reproduction. It is a pleasurable engagement that strengthens the bonds between two individuals. There are however number of issues that affect the sexual health of men including psychological, interpersonal, physical and social issues.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, popularly called STDs can greatly impact on the sexual health of men. Generally speaking, the best way to avoid contacting STDs is abstinence. For most men however, this is not an option to be considered. But the risk of contracting STDs can be reduced to a large extent if you care to know the sexual history of your partner, receiving vaccinations, and using condoms during sex.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the inability of a man to maintain or achieve an erection, firm enough to give or enjoy sexual pleasure. One of the most significant causes of ED is age. It has been discovered that over 40% of men around the age of 40 and above experience erectile dysfunction. Also, more than 70% of men within the age of 70 years old experience ED. Apart from age, other factors contributing to the development of ED in men are low testosterone, stress, clogged arteries, and depression. Another important cause of erectile dysfunction in about 70% of men is a different medical condition. ED is sometimes a warning signal of heart disease or some other serious health issues.
Some of the most popular prescription medications for male sexual issues are Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis. As at 2014, these drugs generated well over $4 billion in terms of revenue. There are other herbal supplements like Extenze and Enzyte that also raked in hundreds of millions of dollars in terms of revenue in their most successful years.
It is important to know however that these drugs also come with their side effects. For instance, Viagra is associated with low blood pressure, hearing loss, and vision loss. All the three prescription drugs mentioned above have some possible side effects such as dizziness, difficulty in breathing, and chest pain. The FDA has also warned against the use of herbal supplement for treating any health problems. This is basically because they have not been scientifically proven and approved to treat what the manufacturers claim they treat. Care must therefore be exercised when using these herbal supplements.
Maintaining a balanced lifestyle, healthy diet, and exercises can treat or prevent most of these health concerns in men. You can also discuss with your doctors on the positive effects of taking nutritional supplements and receiving vaccinations to help maintain healthy living. Some of the possible immunizations you can discuss with your doctors include:
Over and beyond getting vaccinations and immunizations, it is important to keep a healthy lifestyle to be able to enjoy a better sexual life and general health.