Men’s health is often associated with a concept of macho, thus, being a source of pride for men and their close male friends and family members. This idea has been a long-established one, but recent studies are challenging this view. Men’s health is typically associated with a concern about morbidity and mortality, but few people actually consider men’s health to be linked to physiological or psychological aspects. Men’s health is actually described as a state of full mental, physical, and emotional well-being, experienced by men, rather than just the absence of illness or infirmity from disease or other problems.
Men’s health issues are generally associated with three broad domains of factors. These include cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal issues. The relationship between social factors and health issues is less clear, although there is some evidence that exposure to domestic violence may lead to increased blood pressure and lower social endurance, factors that are associated with heart health. Other potentially important sources of variation in men’s health include genetic and neurological factors and the extent of exposure to toxic substances.
The relationship between life expectancy and different aspects of the illness is complex and still not fully understood. Men are less likely to die from heart disease than women, but men are more likely to die from suicide. Men have higher rates of premature death from infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C, than women do, especially in developed countries where disease prevalence rates are higher. One of the causes of this difference in life expectancy is that men are more likely to be exposed to more environmental stress.
Alcohol consumption has a large effect on health conditions, especially liver disease and cancer. There is some evidence that moderate alcohol consumption may be associated with a decreased risk of non-melanoma skin cancer. However, researchers have identified several potential risks, including cancer, cognitive impairment, premature death, liver damage and cognitive impairment. Researchers are examining the potential effects of alcoholic beverages in patients with pre-existing conditions. For example, research is examining the effects of red wine on cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and liver disease in patients with cirrhosis.
The risk factors for cardiovascular disease increase with increasing alcohol consumption. Women are more likely to develop stroke than men, but men have a twofold increase in the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Lifetime alcohol consumption is strongly associated with many cancers, including the mouth, throat, esophageal, breast and stomach cancer. Lifetime alcohol use is also strongly associated with other psychiatric illnesses, including depression, dementia and other brain disorders. Lifetime alcohol use is associated with an increased risk of non-melanoma skin cancer and a lower life expectancy.
Men’s mental health problems are not confined to alcohol use. A recent study found that men are as likely as women to seek help with depression. Men are three times as likely as women to experience severe anxiety, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder. Men are five times as likely as women to use prescription medications to treat their pain and suffering. Some people say that men don’t seek help when they have mental health problems like alcoholism or prescription medication because society views these issues as masculine problems. Men are just as vulnerable as women when it comes to addiction, suicide attempts and overdose deaths.