In the past an individual who sought medical treatment for minor injuries was not considered to be very “manly.” This led many individuals to endure untold amounts of pain simply in the name of masculinity rather than seeking relief by discussing the issue with a medical professional. While much has changed over the last few decades, there are still many men who find themselves in this very mindset. Unlike women, men are much less likely to seek professional help when it comes to physical, emotional or sexual problems. Many men take a “walk it off” approach to their physical and mental well-being.
One of the areas where men could take a real lesson from women is when it comes to dealing with issues regarding sexuality and genitals. Once a man reaches age 40, it is vital that he received yearly prostate and colorectal exams in order to give him the best chance possible of avoiding prostate or colon cancer. Prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of death among middle-aged men and it is often very treatable if caught early. Unfortunately, this avoidance of examinations means that far too many men do not find out that they have the condition until it is too late.
Mental health is also an overlooked area of health care for many men in our society. Many men take the exact same approach to stress and anxiety as they do to minor bumps and bruises, preferring to simply see if things heal on their own. When psychological problems arise, physical problems are often not far behind. An individual who feels incredibly stressed or anxious about a situation may find themselves feeling worn down, getting sick more often, suffering from irregular sleep patterns and even experiencing more serious physical problems. Things like depression and anxiety can often be treated quite successfully, but it requires medical help.
Although the average lifespan for everyone has gone up substantially over the last century, men still die on average six years sooner than women. While there are a number of reasons why this statistic may be true, almost no one wants to die sooner than they have to. One way to keep living and enjoying every moment for as long as possible is for every man to take the time to care for himself in the same way that he cares for his family. The same dedication that a man applies to work should be applied to his physical, mental and sexual well-being.