Biggest Health Issues Impacting Men in 2024 - Medshield Movement

Biggest Health Issues Impacting Men in 2024

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month – a call to create awareness about men’s specific health issues, from physical and emotional to mental health awareness. Here, we look at some of the biggest and most common health issues impacting men today – and what can be done about them.

Men’s Health Month was created to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases among men and boys. It is also an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and check-ups. But what are the health issues typically faced by men in the post-pandemic era? And what steps can be taken to prevent or reduce these and help men live healthy lives? We’ll unpack more below.

Cardiovascular Disease

This remains a leading cause of death among men. Heart disease, hypertension and stroke are prevalent due to factors such as poor diet, lack of exercise and smoking.

Prevention and Management:

Follow a healthy diet, by incorporating heart-healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.
Aim for a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week.
Go for regular screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and other heart-related metrics.
Seek resources to help quit smoking and limit alcohol consumption.

Mental Health

Levels of depression, anxiety and stress have surged in recent history, especially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Men also often face stigma around seeking help for mental health problems, which can exacerbate the situation.

Prevention and Management:

Encourage open discussions about mental health.
Seek therapy or counselling if experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Read more here about how to know when it’s time to seek help: https://medshieldmovement.co.za/how-to-know-when-its-time-to-seek-therapy/
Build strong support systems with friends, family and mental health groups.
Engage in stress-reducing activities such as meditation, exercise and hobbies.

Prostate Cancer
Early detection through screening can significantly improve outcomes.

Prevention and Management:

Men over 50 should schedule regular prostate screening with their healthcare provider.
Maintain a healthy weight, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly.
Stay informed about family history and potential genetic risks.

Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is increasingly common among men, often linked to obesity and sedentary lifestyles. It can lead to serious complications like heart disease, kidney damage and nerve damage.

Prevention and Management:

Focus on a diet rich in fibre and low in sugar and processed foods.
Incorporate both aerobic and strength-training exercises in your weekly routine.
Regularly monitor blood-glucose levels and other related health metrics.
Maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise.
Been diagnosed as pre-diabetic? Read this: https://medshieldmovement.co.za/im-pre-diabetic-what-can-i-do-to-prevent-diabetes/

Respiratory Diseases

Conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer are significant health threats, especially for men who smoke.

Prevention and Management:
Avoid smoking – If you smoke, seek help to quit. Avoid exposure to second-hand smoke and environmental pollutants. Trying to quit and need some advice? Read more here: https://medshieldmovement.co.za/anti-tobacco-month-31-may-no-tobacco-day-by-who/
Speak to your doctor about routine screenings for lung function and early detection of issues.
Engage in regular physical activity (150 mins per week minimum) and maintain a balanced diet.

Obesity
Obesity is a major risk factor for many other health issues, including heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. The modern sedentary lifestyle and poor dietary habits contribute significantly to obesity.

Prevention and Management:
Eat a diet rich in whole foods, while limiting processed foods and controlling portion sizes.
Incorporate daily physical activity into your routine (150 mins per week minimum).
Seek advice from nutritionists and fitness experts to create a personalised plan that suits your lifestyle.
Address emotional and psychological factors that contribute to overeating.

Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED) can affect men’s self-esteem and relationships. It can be caused by physical issues like cardiovascular disease and diabetes or psychological factors such as stress and anxiety.

Prevention and Management:
Maintain a balanced diet, exercise regularly and avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
Consult a healthcare provider for appropriate medications or therapies.
Address psychological factors through counselling or therapy.
Monitor and manage underlying health conditions that could contribute to ED.
For more information on ED, click here.

Men’s Health Month serves as a reminder of the importance of proactive health management. By understanding these common health issues and taking preventive steps, men can lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. Regular medical check-ups, a healthy lifestyle and open discussions about both physical and mental health concerns are crucial in tackling these challenges. Encourage the men in your life to take charge of their health today! Visit Medshield.co.za for more information about our medical scheme.

 

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DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This article may contain information related to exercise, fitness, diet, and nutrition, which is intended solely for your personal use and informational purposes. Before commencing any exercise, fitness, diet, or nutrition regimen, especially if you are pregnant or have pre-existing health conditions, you should consult with a physician. Nothing on this site should be construed as medical advice or diagnosis. For any symptoms or health concerns, please consult a healthcare professional.

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