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5 Common Men’s Health Threats

Health • by Ryno Ellis • 11 June 2018

Men's health problems

It’s not uncommon for guys to ignore their personal health out of fear of coming across as weak and vulnerable. To all men reading this: You’re not invincible and no one needs you to be. Take care of yourself!

Due to a combination of factors, including a reluctance to stay in check with their health and well-being, lack of health education and poor lifestyle choices, men are mostly affected by these five health risks:

1. Heart disease and stroke

Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading killers in South Africa.

According to reports, more than 130 heart attacks and 240 strokes claim the lives of South Africans every day.

Men are also prone to heart disease and stroke due to a lack of awareness, family history and inactive lifestyles.

Preventing it

Start looking after your ticker through:

2. Chronic lower respiratory disease

Respiratory disease refers to a list of disorders that affect the lungs, including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.

These are typically characterised through shortness of breath caused by an obstruction of the airway and affects your ability to breathe. This condition, if left untreated, can become fatal.

Many occupational hazardous jobs, typically jobs where people come into contact with asbestos, could lead to chronic respiratory disease. However, one of the most common causes is by frequently smoking cigarettes.

Preventing it

Chronic lower respiratory disease is irreversible, therefore, prevention is key. However, it can be managed through lifestyle changes and medication. Here are a few ways to prevent chronic lower respiratory disease:

3. Prostate and testicular cancer

Prostate and testicular cancer may be a slightly uncomfortable topic to most men but shouldn’t be ignored.

The good news is that both these cancers, if caught early enough, can effectively be treated. Thus, the key word here is: prevention, prevention, prevention!

Preventing it

Firstly, don’t shy away from these topics; instead do the following:

4. Depression and suicide

Depression and suicide is a very real threat to men. Sadly, men are generally less likely to recognise, discuss or seek treatment for depression.

Depression is a mental health disorder that can cause feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, irritability, helplessness and thoughts of suicide.

Studies have shown that men are almost four times more likely to go through with a suicide.

Preventing it

Depression can be treated effectively through:

5. Diabetes

According to reports, at least 24 men die each day in South Africa due to diabetes-related complications.

Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder that inhibits your body’s insulin production which interferes with your body’s ability to effectively use glucose to fuel.

Preventing it

A large amount of South African men suffer from type 2 diabetes which can be avoided by making healthy lifestyle choices.

INFOGRAPHIC: Men's Health Issues - Stay Informed


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