Men put their health last. At first, it sounds like a cliché attempt to earn some bonus points for the gender that has made it his responsibility to live up to its societal roles even though we are living in the 21st century! However, inferences drawn from observation and conclusions reached after going through research published in some of the most reputable journals add credence to this fact. Even though the statement might sound heroic, the consequences are nothing but unfortunate. In todays’ discussion, we talk about some of the most common health risks that men face due to their negligent behavior towards their health. Read on if you are one of those who think visiting a doctor is just a waste of time, plenty to learn on offer!
Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD)
Cholesterol. Plaque. Artery blockage. Clot. Heart attack. Stroke. The majority of you reading these lines must already be familiar with this story. But do you know that men’s arteries develop atherosclerosis earlier than women’s? Or that the average age for death from CVD for men is five years less than that of women? We can ramble on a bit more but we think we have made our point with these facts. The threat is even scarier for men than women when it comes to CVD! Hence, making changes in your lifestyle is an absolute must if you want to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of heart disease. Some of these changes include getting your cholesterol checked regularly, controlling your blood pressure, quitting smoking, and ditching the trans-fats.
The worst thing about lung cancer is that by the time it is diagnosed, it is at an advanced stage. Hence, curing it is often difficult. Can you guess the biggest reason for lung cancer? Yes, that’s right. It is smoking. It is believed that 90 percent of the lung cancer deaths in men are primarily because of smoking. Super scary again, right? Several preventive measures can be adopted to avert the threat of lung cancer, but none of them are as effective as quitting smoking.
A health problem specific to men only, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men after skin cancer. However, unlike other cancers, prostate cancer is neither metastatic nor aggressive generally. The good news is that detection tests like digital rectal exam and prostate-specific antigen tests can help in the screening of this disease. Bad news? Screening isn’t effective in reducing the number of deaths resulting from prostate cancer. But that doesn’t mean one shouldn’t visit their doctor regularly and discuss their prostate health in detail. Seeking a professional opinion, in this case, is the sanest approach, a road that every man who cares about himself has to take. If we haven’t said it already, you need to take prostate cancer just as seriously as the rest of the diseases that we have discussed in this article. One out of every thirty-five patients falls prey to this disease!
21st century and people still think depression is a bad mood? Amazes us. No, it is quite disappointing actually. A disease that can put you in a terrible emotional state is not given enough importance, this negligent approach has its consequences. Men don’t express their depression-like women. An angry man is more likely to be depressed than being worried or bothered by something infuriating. What complicates the matter is the least desirable fact that men are less likely to seek help for their depressive disorders than women are. We all know what happens next when too many negative thoughts are floating in your mind all the time. The negative thoughts turn into suicidal thoughts. Hence, finding the optimal treatment for depression is extremely important. Whether it is a therapy that works for you or medications prescribed by your doctor, you have to get this disease sorted if you are troubled by it. Getting help early can make all the difference in the world!
They call it the silent killer but we don’t get what’s silent about diabetes anymore? If you are going to adopt every habit that is deemed a probable causative factor for type 2 diabetes, well you are going to fall prey to this disease that has become one of the major killers worldwide. If it is genetic, there is nothing much that you can do. But if a diabetic has fallen prey to this silent killer because of obesity, well there is plenty that can be done on his part. Exercise, diet, weight loss. The troika can do wonders for every diabetes patient!
Prevention Is Better Than Treatment!
Sounds cliché but will always hold. The treatment of these diseases discussed in this discussion will cost any patient thousands of dollars. Life becomes even more miserable when suggested treatment is out of reach! Luckily, for underprivileged patients, there are organizations like Transparent Hands at work. Otherwise, the situation could have been quite drastic!
Let us familiarize you a bit with this organization’s doings in the concluding remarks of this discussion. When it comes to crowdfunding for health, there is no platform bigger than Transparent Hands in Pakistan. The range of healthcare services offered by Transparent Hands is astoundingly vast. From medical and surgical treatments to medical camps and telehealth facilities, the NGO makes sure that the underprivileged Pakistanis have access to quality healthcare services. The NGO believes in creating a patient-donor bond while making sure that the protocols of transparency aren’t breached at any point. The NGO realizes the need for free medical camps in the rural areas, hence it actively sets up such camps as well. To donate, donors can log in to the Transparent Hands crowdfunding web portal from anywhere in the world. Payment modes are one hundred percent secure. Every donor has absolute freedom in selecting and funding patients of their choice. The NGO makes sure that regular updates until complete recovery are sent to the concerned donor.