When it comes to prevention and early detection, men’s health often takes a back seat in comparison to women’s health. However, statistics show that men are more likely to drink alcohol, smoke, lead unhealthy lifestyles and have a shorter lifespan. So, this needs to change!
Men are more likely than women to put off routine medical check-ups and delay seeing a doctor for symptoms. Fortunately though, many health conditions are preventable or treatable if found early. The most common conditions that affect men include heart disease and testicular, prostate and colon cancer.
Mental health is another common issue that is often overlooked. Women are twice as likely as men to receive a diagnosis of a mental health problem. Yet, men make up an average of six out of every eight suicides every day in Australia. It’s just as important for men as it is for women to break down the stigma. In addition, talk to loved ones or medical professionals if you are not feeling like yourself.
It’s important to get any unusual symptoms checked out and seeing the doctor for regular check-ups. But, it’s also equally as important to eat a healthy diet, limit alcohol intake, quit smoking and exercise regularly.
Interesting Facts about Adolescence
Puberty occurs at a different time for everyone, but usually between the ages of 8 and 13 for girls, and between 9 and 14 for boys.
Most teens don’t get enough sleep. That one might be obvious, but teens need more sleep than you probably think. In fact, they need about eight to 10 hours per night to function best.
Social media and mobile phone usage has increased drastically over the last few years. In 2012, only 41 per cent of teenagers had a smartphone, compared to 89 per cent of teens in 2018.