Men’s health is often described as a state of full physical, emotional, and psychological well-being, experienced by men, rather than the absence of illness or infirmity. Men’s health is affected by biological, physiological and environmental circumstances which affect men differently to women. These differences are translated into differential treatment with regards to men’s health according to their age, gender, health status and life style. In fact, some health issues that affect men at younger ages than women are almost always considered as normal and expected “male” symptoms.
Many men do not consider the relationship between physiological and psychosocial stress and their unhealthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that there is a significant link between poor sexual health and risky behavior. The consistent finding across many studies is that those men who are healthy and fit to have higher self-esteem and greater ability to work and pursue other facets of life that they enjoy. On the other hand, unhealthy lifestyles and habits like smoking, drinking, use of excessive alcohol and recreational drug use, and overweight/obesity may exacerbate the negative effects of physiological stress and may contribute to many men’s premature death. It has been found that people who lead a healthy, productive and active lifestyle have a higher sense of well being and feel better about themselves.
Men’s suicide rates have been found to be significantly higher compared to those of women. Among all the causes of death in the world, the high rate of suicide among men makes them a significant cause for concern. There have been many theories formulated to explain the high level of male suicides and attempts. Some of these theories include high levels of stress, low self-esteem, unhealthy diet, exposure to violence at some point in life, and the negative consequences of social media usage. Many researchers and experts believe that most of these causes are more likely to become prevalent and more intense as time passes by.
Researchers and doctors believe that some causes are beyond their control or are related to heredity, while others are influenced by some risk factors but are unchangeable, unavoidable, or unavoidable. Some factors have been found to be hereditary. This means that if anyone in your family has or attempts suicide, you are at risk of having the same tendency. However, there is no way to guarantee that they will attempt it again. Other risk factors that can increase the possibility of suicide are poor social environments, depression, and stress. Another thing that has been seen to be a significant factor in suicide rates across the world is substance abuse, especially alcohol abuse.
Since some of these factors are gender specific and cannot be treated by universal treatments, men should be aware that they need to seek help if they are having problems with one or more of these. The good news is that with awareness, treatment, and mental health programs for men now available, there is now a much greater possibility for men to overcome substance abuse disorders and other mental health problems. Men should also know that they are not alone and that help is available to them just like women.
Gender differences in certain diseases, such as high blood pressure, depression, and diabetes, can affect men differently. These conditions can be controlled and treated in different ways according to the circumstances. Some medications might not work, and other ways of therapy may be necessary. But overall, men should know that they do have options and that they can improve their quality of life through improving their lifestyle and through following healthy practices and exercising.