Men's health matters
June is men’s health month and so I’d like to help raise awareness of some of the things men need to look at. As many of us know men tend not to like going to the doctor or making a fuss of their health. I’d like to say “no, don’t do that!” It is not vanity to care about your body, it’s not attention-seeking, it’s not being a hypochondriac, it’s important because avoiding checkups can miss life threatening diseases!
There is a gender gap when it comes to seeking help so if I can push just one man toward self care, I’ll do it! Sometimes the thought of being ill or having a problem gets blown out of proportion but the good news is many things are preventable and that means if you start good habits you’ll not need to see the doctor that often. It’s a win-win. So what are the things they should worry about?
1. Heart disease – is the biggest cause of death in men, it can be avoided by eating a balanced diet with fruit and vegetables, being active, minimizing stress and stopping smoking. These steps increase heart and vascular health dramatically. Getting a regular blood pressure checkup and watching cholesterol levels is another way to catch a problem before it becomes a major deal.
2. Cancer – is the second killer of men in the US with prostate, colorectal, skin and lung cancers topping the list. Get ahead with regular screening, watching how much red meat you eat, protecting the skin against the sun and stamping out the smoking.
3. Type 2 diabetes – hits men more than women because they have more belly fat, so managing weight is crucial. There are pre-diabetes tests available to take also.
4. Erectile dysfunction – happens a lot but you have to examine the root cause, sometimes it’s stress related or hormonal. Even smoking, diet and alcohol have a negative impact so looking at these areas will help pinpoint the issue so it can be eradicated.
5. Testosterone – starts to drop in men when they hit their thirties and that decline can lead to low sex drive, inability to hold onto muscle tissue, poor sleep and a whole raft of issues. The good news is there are replacement therapies out there. All it takes is a simple blood test to check levels.
What about the aesthetic side of things? Well just like women, men need to keep their skin healthy by using sunscreen, exfoliating it regularly with facials or peels to avoid blocked follicles and pores.They should hydrate it to keep it supple and eat good proteins and fats that build up the collagen. Male skin is thicker so I devise a bespoke regimen that can handle the stronger procedures. Many of my male clients love CO2 lasers and Morpheus8 RF Microneedling because they are heavy hitters that wipe out damage while stimulating collagen. I also do a lot of PRP for hair restoration and neurotoxins for softening the forehead lines.