Men's Health

The lifestyle of men and the health issues they face is a topic that is often overlooked. Men are faced with many different pressures because of their gender role expectations-society expects them to be strong, tough, unemotional, and only provide for their family.

But this expectation can lead to feelings of shame or anger when those burdens become too much. ” “It also causes other mental health issues like depression and anxiety, which can affect relationships with family members as well as with romantic partners.

Despite still living up to these traditional standards, men need more information about taking care of themselves. In the past few years, there has been a rapid increase in men’s health awareness. As a result, men are more concerned about their appearance and well-being than 20 years ago. 

Health Issues among Australian Men

Male health in Australia suffers from high rates of obesity, diabetes, high blood sugar levels, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and mental health and wellbeing.

In recent years, access to mental health services has grown significantly. An estimated 1.5 million Australian males aged 18 and over (17%) reported a mental or behavioural condition. Males are more likely than females to die by suicide, and substance use disorders are twice as common in males as in females.

Australian men are facing a variety of chronic conditions that can affect their health significantly. These include coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, bowel cancer, and lung cancer. This is not an exhaustive list as there have been cases of dementia or COPD reported in the country despite these being less common than the other types listed here.

Over 19,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Australia, making it the most common form of cancer among men over 50. This is usually caused by abnormal cell growth and division, resulting in a tumour. This can lead to severe side effects like urinary problems or pain when you urinate.

Testicular cancer is less common than other cancers such as lung and colon, but it’s often easier to diagnose because the symptoms are apparent. For example, if you feel a hard lump in your testes that doesn’t go away after two weeks or experience worsening pain and swelling around one side of the testicle, talk to your doctor-these could be signs of this type of cancer!

Losing the ability to maintain or achieve an erection is prevalent, affecting at least one in five men aged over forty. Erectile dysfunction can be caused by various factors, including physical and psychological problems. See your doctor if you are experiencing erectile dysfunction because they will identify potential underlying causes and suggest a treatment.

Infertility can be challenging to diagnose because it typically does not affect the man’s orgasm or ejaculation. However, in 40% of cases, infertility is due to sperm production or its transportation in men. 

However, since ejaculation typically happens normally, diagnosis only occurs through medical tests.

You may not realise it, but there are many people in your life that you’ve grown to rely on for support and encouragement. And right now is the time they can help provide those things, most of all, because they have a deep understanding of what you are going through. To see if The Ridge Medical Centre could be one such source, just call us today!

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call an ambulance on triple zero (000) or visit your nearest hospital emergency department.

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