Men's Health Week: Expert Reveals Common Health Concerns 'Haunting' Men

Many health issues such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, heart attacks, and low bone-mineral density are giving a tough time to men.
Men's Health Week

Men's Health Week. (Image: iStock)

Men's Health Week is celebrated annually immediately after Father's Day. The aim is to honor the importance of health and wellness in men. It also provides an opportunity to educate people about what can be done to improve the state of men's health.
Currently, many health issues such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, heart attacks, and low bone-mineral density are giving a tough time to men belonging to every age group.
Many men prioritize their work and family duties over their health, often neglecting the much required medical attention due to societal expectations. They may perceive themselves as invincible and resistant to illness, but this mindset can lead to serious health issues. Just as women do, men frequently disregard their well-being and consequently face potential health risks.
Dr Sameer V Pagad, Senior Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Gleneagles Hospitals Parel highlighted some common health issues haunting men in today's time. He said, "Men are facing a silent health crisis with an alarming rise in worrisome health problems when it comes to the prostate, kidney, liver, and brain. High blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, heart attacks, low bone-mineral density, kidney failure, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), hepatitis, chronic kidney disease, depression, and anxiety have become prevalent in men."
He further added, "Moreover, society’s expectations for men to be stoic and strong add to the stigma surrounding mental health, preventing many from seeking help. As a result, many men suffer in silence, leading to detrimental effects on their overall well-being."

Common Health issues faced by men
Factors such as poor diet, lack of exercise, and high-stress levels contribute to an increased risk of heart-related conditions among men.
"Prostate and colon cancer remain a significant health issue that affects a large number of men every year. Early detection through regular screenings is key to improving outcomes for those diagnosed with this type of cancer. However, misconceptions and discomfort around discussing prostate health can deter many men from undergoing screenings until it's too late. All these problems are known to affect one’s quality of life," Dr Sameer explained.
He also listed some of the important tests that men should undergo to provide health issues.
  1. Blood pressure screening: Those over 25 should get their blood pressure monitored regularly to prevent a heart attack or a stroke that causes higher mortality and morbidity rates in patients.
  2. Cholesterol check: Men over 25 should get their cholesterol levels checked every year if there is a family history of heart disease.
  3. Prostate cancer screening: Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and a digital rectal exam (DRE) after the age of 45 will help spot prostate cancer early and initiate treatment tailor-made as per the individual’s requirement.
  4. Blood sugar level monitoring: Diabetes is commonly seen in many men above 25. One should monitor blood sugar levels as suggested by the doctor.
  5. Cardiac screening: During this screening, the doctor checks the heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, and the activity of your heart using an electrocardiogram (ECG).
  6. Colon cancer screening: Fecal occult blood tests, sigmoidoscopies, and colonoscopies will aid in the detection of colon cancer and shouldn’t be skipped by men.
  7. Bone density test: Fractures are common in men owing to low bone-mineral density. Men are advised to check their vitamin D and B 12 levels and other bone health assessment tests to ensure stronger bones.
Men who prioritize their health are well-equipped to make informed decisions and can take proactive measures to live healthier lives.
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