About Men's Health - for women
Men contact us about 20 percent less often than women. They often carry diseases on their feet or are treated on the advice of friends, and often on the Internet. Men tend not to attach importance to the symptoms of diseases that have appeared in them, to blame everything on overloads at work, stress and overwork. The body resists the disease for a long time, but when its reserves are depleted, the disease begins to develop rapidly.
Why do men suffer worse even such frivolous diseases as colds?
By their nature, men are breadwinners, defenders, rescuers, so they have the most developed reaction to extreme conditions, but this happens to the detriment of immunity. As a result, men are much harder to tolerate colds and get sick on average longer than women. Moreover, complications from colds in men occur much more often than in women. Smoking and alcohol also reduce the body's protective functions. Men are less likely to go to the doctor and undergo preventive examinations, and generally make less effort to recover.
Can you name the diseases that are most "popular" among men?
First, these are diseases of the male sexual sphere - chronic prostatitis, prostate adenoma, as a result-erectile dysfunction. Even if a man does not talk about his problems, you can notice: he becomes restless, withdrawn, he has frequent urges to urinate. All this leads to nervous disorders and depression.
Secondly, these are diseases of the cardiovascular system, in particular, high blood pressure. In some, high blood pressure is asymptomatic, in others there is a headache, heaviness in the occipital region, a decrease in concentration. If the blood pressure gauge shows values of 140/90 or higher, you should consult a doctor.
Third, these are the so-called diseases of "civilization" or metabolic disorders: obesity, increased blood sugar, cholesterol and uric acid.
Fourth, these are diseases of the digestive system. First of all, gastroduodenitis, reflux disease, fatty liver disease.
And, finally, diseases of the bronchopulmonary system. Most often, these are chronic bronchitis, as well as lung cancer.
Which men are most susceptible to these diseases?
First of all, these are people who lead an incorrect lifestyle - smoking, abusing alcohol, not paying proper attention to their diet and sleep. Secondly, those whose professional activities are associated with heavy physical labor, psychoemotional stress, irregular work schedules, and frequent business trips. And third, these are people with burdened heredity.
How often should men check their health?
Regardless of how you feel, you should regularly undergo medical examinations. Even if a person considers himself healthy, during a medical examination, it is often possible to detect chronic diseases at the beginning of their development and prevent their progression. Drastic weight loss, weakness and fatigue are symptoms of neglected conditions. It is necessary to pass preventive examinations annually, especially after 40 years.
How to prevent the appearance of diseases?
Maybe there are some general tips?
To maintain your health, you should stop smoking, adhere to the principles of a healthy diet, engage in physical activity for at least 30 minutes five times a week, observe the daily routine and personal hygiene, avoid excessive stress, as well as know the numbers of your blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, body mass index and regularly undergo medical examinations.
Speaking of healthy eating, what foods should you eat first?
In its natural form, olive oil is useful, especially unrefined, first-pressed. It can be added to both salads and ready-made food. Olive oil contains a large amount of essential fatty acids, which help the body fight against excess cholesterol.
Fish is useful for any fat content, especially those that swim in the wild and feed on plankton. It is rich in Omega-3-polyunsaturated fatty acids. 2-3 fish meals a week can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
From cereals, preference should be given to whole-grain cereals, not crushed ones. For example, oats and oat flakes are high in fiber, which helps to eliminate cholesterol from the body.
And, of course, fruits and berries. They contain useful elements, such as coumarin, which prevent the formation of blood clots. At the same time, the amount of fruit can be any, but it is better to eat them up to 16 hours. But vegetables - at any time.
Men are not always ready to change their usual way of life. How can you convince them to give up bad habits?
First of all, a man should understand that if he does not change his lifestyle, not only he will suffer, but also his family. A sick person will not be able to work normally and earn money, provide for his family. I advise women to start with themselves and want to change the way of life in the family. All bad habits should go away together. Proper nutrition should be mutual. Food is better not to be salted, and excessive consumption of sweets can lead to the development of diabetes.
In addition, there should be a mutual hobby. It is important to spend as much time together as possible, outside the home, lead an active lifestyle, travel and relax.
What advice do you give to women in terms of caring for a man after a previous illness?
The main thing is to provide a comfortable home environment. So the man will be able to recover faster. It is very important to feel the care of close people who also want his recovery. Women should be encouraged to give up bad habits and not be ashamed to praise small achievements.