Men’s health- A short guide on men’s health issues

 

When it comes to men’s health, it usually becomes secondary. Perhaps this is because, at an early age, men are told that they are supposed to be strong, the caretaker of the family or maybe it is a habit, where they put themselves last. But, no matter what the reason is, health is wealth, regardless of the gender. So, it is time to show yourself some love.

 

Mental Health

When we talk about mental health, we see that a certain stigma is attached to it and this is especially true for a man. The movies, books, and even the history lessons have carved a picture of an ideal man in our heads, where he doesn’t get hurt, cry, get depressed, or become sad. This makes it difficult for a man to let out his emotions.

 

First of all, we must stop putting mental health in a special category and must start treating it like any other health issue. Did you know? Several studies show that there is a silent crisis in men’s mental health. And, it also shows a high rate of suicide, substance abuse, and lack of mental health service usage. Therefore, it is high time that you start showing some concern towards your mental health. Because there is absolutely no shame in that. It is important to understand that it doesn’t mean you are weak.

 

How to take care of mental health?

• Consume a healthy diet

• Get the ideal amount of sleep

• Be active physically

• Make sure you spend ample amount of time with your friends and family

• When you are going through a low phase talk it out

• Don’t bottle up your emotions

• Do activities that you are passionate about or the ones you enjoy

• Take some time to relax

 

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer occurs in the prostate glands. And, it is one of the most common types of cancer in men. The prostate gland is the small walnut-like gland in men. Its responsibilities include the production of seminal fluid, which is necessary for the nourishment and transportation of the semen. This gland also helps urine control in men.

 

It is said that since this cancer spreads slowly, it is usually not harmful. Some may need very little treatment and there are cases where no treatment was required. However, it is important to detect cancer early on for a successful treatment.

 

Symptoms

• Trouble with urination

• The force of the stream of urine becomes low

• Blood in semen

• Pain or discomfort in the pelvis area

• Bone pain

• Erectile dysfunction

 

It is important to consult a doctor when you notice any signs or symptoms. There is no clear cause as to why prostate cancer occurs. However, it is a result of the abnormal cells present in the prostate gland. These abnormal cells get accumulated to form a tumor, which is harmful since it can grow and attack the nearby tissues. These abnormal cells can also separate from their current position and spread to other parts of the body.

 

The factors that increase the risks of this type of cancer are; age, ethnicity, family history, and obesity.

 

How to prevent prostate cancer?

• Consume a healthy well-balanced meal always

• Instead of supplements, choose natural and healthy food

• Be physically active every day

• Maintain an ideal weight

• To know more, you can always talk to your doctor

 

PSA Test

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein, which is produced by the cells of the prostate gland. Even if the cells are malignant, PSA is produced. This test determines the level of PSA in the man’s blood. So, this is a simple blood test. Today, PSA is the only test that helps us determine the early stages of this cancer. However, apart from this, your doctor might also opt for a digital rectum exam.

 

When both the tests display abnormal results, a biopsy might become necessary to provide a complete diagnosis.

 

The PSA test comes with its own set of limitations. They are;

• PSA levels may increase with age. So, the results of the PSA test are not always accurate.

• Certain drugs and obesity can decrease the levels of PSA.

• A high level of PSA does not always mean cancer

It is always best to talk to your doctor to know more about the risks and benefits of PSA testing.

 

Emotional Bonding

Having a healthy emotional bond with your friends and family is good for you. It makes it easier for you to share your emotions with the people you love. Yes, when compared to women, men are not so connected with their emotions. However, you must try to improve this aspect of your life. Why? Because when you are emotionally confident, you can achieve success easily.

 

So, how can you bond emotionally with another person? The only way to do this is to share a piece of yourself and let your heart do the talk. To bond emotionally, it is important to create a mutual respect and understanding. And, always make sure that you display a healthy emotion.