Last Updated on September 20, 2023 by Boko Digital
Men are perceived to pay less critical attention to their health than the average woman. More commonly men regard their health as generally in tip-top shape not minding many underlying signs of illness that they may encounter. Their reluctance to seek help can be due to the traditional ideas of masculinity. This Movember we will raise awareness on men’s health issues by highlighting the most prevalent health issues that they face.
Men are twice as likely to experience heart disease than women. Heart, stroke and vascular disease encompasses a range of circulatory conditions including angina, heart attack and stroke. Commonly, this group of conditions is referred to under the broader term of ‘heart disease’ and is often used interchangeably with the term ‘cardiovascular disease’. Heart disease is associated with lifestyle risk factors such as; smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, being inactive, being overweight, an unhealthy diet and depression. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, men had higher rates of heart disease compared to women for those aged 65-74 years (19.6% and 12.4% respectively) and age 75 years and over (31.5% and 20.4% respectively).
Prostate cancer is a common type of cancer in males, but it is highly treatable in the early stages. Prostate cancer was the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia in 2018. It is estimated that it will remain the most commonly diagnosed cancer in 2022. It remains to be the third most common cause of cancer death in Australia and is still expected to rise.
There are often no symptoms during the early stages of prostate cancer, but screening can detect changes that may indicate cancer. It involves a test that measures levels of PSA in the blood. High levels suggest that cancer may be present.
Males who do experience symptoms may experience frequent and difficulty in urination, blood in urine, pain in the back, hips or pelvis.
These diseases are treatable if detected early and there are a number of ways available for men to seek medical help. When already faced with such challenges, and when traditional medicine proves to be ineffective, Greencare clinics can offer an alternative treatment. According to our resident GP Dr. Irina Al Muderis, pain management in cancer patients can be treated with plant-based medicine given the right dose and monitoring. It can also minimise medication load and side effects.
Certain plant-based medicine can also help stabilise or manage mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Although further studies are still ongoing, the use of plant-based medicine to treat such illnesses has been recorded in history. Authorised alternative medicine practitioners can prescribe plant-based medicine to patients who seek help.
Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health, and whether or not a particular treatment is right for you.