When it comes to health issues, men aren’t exactly open books. Whether they’ve been that way their whole lives, or it increases as they age, men just don’t tend to talk about certain health issues that are, in fact, quite common. They may even go a step further and also ignore symptoms and warning signs, and not book an appointment with their doctor. Obviously, this can lead to more serious issues down the road.
So,what are the top health issues men experience that are often considered taboo to talk about? A few of these may end up surprising you.
Erectile dysfunction is high on the list of taboo health topics that men typically aren’t willing to accept and/or discuss. What’s interesting is the fact people assume this happens to older men, when in reality there is a huge percentage of men under the age of 40 who also suffer from it. A study that was published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine concluded that 25% of men that were seeking help at an outpatient clinic for erectile dysfunction were under the age of 40.
The good news is that there are different treatment options for those suffering from erectile dysfunction, some of which can even be purchased with a prescription online in a more discreet manner. Viagra online is readily available as long as it has been prescribed. The key is that the man must first admit there is an issue and speak to his doctor about it.
There has been a push as of late to stop seeing mental illness as such a stigma. Depression, of course, falls under the category of mental illness and is something that many people choose not to talk about or accept. Telling oneself that they can work through it on their own and cope only leads to more problems down the road. Men who feel they may be suffering from depression are encouraged to speak to their doctor and seek help as soon as possible.
Weight gain is another one of those topics that most people feel uncomfortable talking about, despite the fact they may be obsessing about it in their own mind. Most people who gain a significant amount of weight are pretty aware of this fact and it can lead to inactivity, depression, and repercussions for their overall health. The goal is to maintain a healthy body weight, and if a person has trouble with that, again it’s a good time to speak to their doctor.
According to the American Cancer Society it is estimated that one in every seven men will receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer at some point in their life. While it is more common in older men (over the age of 65), it does still happen in younger men. As it stands, prostate cancer is the third leading cause of death in the United States as far as cancer goes. While it’s very serious, early diagnosis is imperative as most men that receive the diagnosis don’t end up dying.