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Men's Health Issues

Men's health issues refers to health concerns that are unique and specific to the male gender. These often relate to conditions brought about by hormones that are male specific and to structures unique to men such as the organs that make up the male reproductive system.

Sources of Men's Health Issues

Although, compared to women, men tend to have higher levels of physical strength and endurance, they have the unfortunate tendency of not paying enough attention to the health of their bodies. Most men only seek help when the condition plaguing them has become too much to bear.

It's also said that men are more prone to indulge in riskier behavior - such as smoking and drinking excessively. Work related stress is another issue men have to contend with as they most often define themselves by their careers - any problems there may affect their health.

Men's Health. Solutions to the top health concerns unique to men and how to take  charge of your health and lower the risk of serious health problems.

 The Top Six Men's Health Concerns

  • Mental health: Changing economic, social and family roles in the modern society have placed a lot of psychosocial stress on men. This situation is not helped when society expects men to be "tough" no matter what. Developing social networks and, should difficulties begin to arise, being aware of the mental health solutions available to you may help.
  • Heart health: Men are more likely to suffer from poor heart health. Extra attention to heart health is required should a history of heart disease within the family be present. Fortunately, leading a healthy lifestyle can shield you from this condition.
  • Sexual health: As the years go by, the levels of the 3 main male hormones - testosterone, DHEA and HGH -  gradually decline. This has an impact on your overall sexual health. It's no surprise that incidences of erectile dysfunction increase with advancement in age. Some solutions can be found here
  • Prostate health: The prostate is a small gland that's located just below the bladder and wraps around the urethra. As men get older it tends to enlarge, resulting in sexual and urinary complications. A diet rich in fresh brightly colored fruits and vegetables can prevent damage to your prostrate.
  • Weight management: Men tend to store and carry their fat around the abdomen. This may be linked to increased risk of illness. Following a lifestyle program that helps you maintain your weight at healthy optimal levels should more than help to keep this problem at bay. 
  • Fertility: "Issues" on the side of the man account for about 20% of couples having fertility problems. Unhealthy lifestyles and not taking fertility seriously are the main causes. Leading a healthy lifestyle, avoiding very hot baths - generally keeping the area around the testicles cool, should help with proper sexual function and fertility.

The Best Approach is Always...

The best approach is always the preventive one: Living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Nothing beats that.

Staying physically active. Putting in 30 minutes of exercise at least three times a week. Giving up smoking, and getting regular checkups will do you a lot of good. 

Eat a diet rich in complex carbohydrates made from whole grain cereals. Increase the variety and amounts of brightly colored fruits and vegetables you consume. Include anti-oxidant rich foods to zap those free radicals "dead" before they inflict damage to your cells and...

Perform "mental fitness" exercises such as
crosswords, memory games and other forms of brain training to keep your mind sharp and alert for life.

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