Men’s health is a topic not widely discussed outside the realm of gym fitness or a healthy, balanced diet. However, it is an important subject and one that needs to be discussed, particularly as according to the NHS men visit their GP’s half the amount that women do.
Recent surveys have suggested that this is because women in general feel more comfortable talking to others about their problems and opening up, whilst men are more inclined to keep certain things, especially pertaining to health to themselves.
Whatever the reason however, it is important to be aware of what is normal for you, and what isn’t and to know that if there is something that feels wrong to you that you should inform your doctor straight away, regardless of if you think it is important or not. Sometimes even the slightest of symptoms can be signals that there is an underlying condition, so it’s always best to get things checked out.
The NHS have outlined five main conditions that men need to be aware of, and understand, particularly because they are the health ailments that men generally think will go away by themselves, don’t mean anything, or are not important.
1. Depression – Now I know I’ve already said that men are more known for keeping certain things to themselves rather than letting other people know, but depression is definitely an ailment where you should talk to someone and let them know. It’s important to know that depression is a medical condition and even though there is no quick fix, there are important steps that your GP can take to make sure that you get the support and help you need.
2. Problems urinating – It might be embarrassing broaching this subject with your doctor, but problems urinating could be a sign of underlying conditions such as an enlarged prostate, or even bladder problems. Definitely get this checked out if it happens.
3. Impotence – Despite this usually being a sign of a lifestyle change such as a change in diet or activity, it could also be a sign of underlying conditions, so make sure that you visit your doctor to make sure.
4. Moles – Not the most obvious of conditions sometimes, but important. Moles that change shape or size should always be checked by your GP, as should any new ones. Moles can be benign, but they can also be a sign of skin cancer, so it’s important to be aware.
5. Testicular lumps – Make sure that you self-examine, it’s important and the earlier you catch lumps and bumps, the earlier you can get them checked out and the easier it is for doctors to diagnose and treat any problems.
So please, if you do have any of the aforementioned ailments, go see your doctor. It’s not silly, it’s not a waste of time, and this is not a lecture.
Your health is important, and so are you!