Let’s talk about Men’s Health

To celebrate Men’s Health Week this June, from the 11th to the 17th, let’s explore some common health issues affecting the blokes out there, many of which aren’t spoken about very often.

 

Male Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

 

While it’s true that women do cop a lot of criticism online when it comes to their body image, you only need to look at commentary surrounding events such as The Oscars to hear women being crucified for their choice of dress, it doesn’t mean that men aren’t impacted at all. In fact, certain cases of male Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) in Australia are only becoming more frequent.

While both men and women can experience BDD, there is a variant of BDD that is far more common for males, this being Muscle Dysmorphic Disorder. Commonly known in the media as “Reverse anorexia” or “Bigorexia”. It consists of a preoccupation with not having a certain level of leanness or muscle mass. MDD is often developed through exposure to gyms and sport’s culture but can also be a product of the depiction of the male form in popular culture, whether that be through celebrities or media such as movies/video games.

The Prostate

What the prostate does, or even what it is, is not common knowledge for most men, more concerning however, is how do men know if they have problem with their prostate, particularly if they’ve never even thought about it?

Don’t fret guys I’ll explain below:

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland found in the male reproductive system between your bladder and anus, it actually encompasses part of the uretha, which is responsible for allowing men to pee (very important). The prostate also assists in transporting sperm about the place during intercourse, so yes it does have a few important roles.

A normal process of men getting older is the growth of the prostate gland, yes, some growth is normal but sometimes issues can arise when the growth spirals out of control, this can lead to prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer begins once the cells in the gland grow too big and spread to neighbouring areas of the body and attack healthy tissue, which can be serious if left untreated.

Normal growth itself can cause some problems in older age, for instance while the prostate may start out as the size of a walnut, once men hit 40 it could mirror and apricot, or at 60 it could rival a lemon’s physique! This can cause some difficulty with normal bladder function, but this typically won’t occur until males are 50 or older.

– What can I do now?

When it comes to the health of your prostate as you age, a healthy lifestyle complete with an optimised diet and exercise routine is a must.

You can start by:

– Opting for healthy fats and avoiding trans fats, think avocados and salmon rather than frozen pizzas and McDonald’s.

– Limiting sugary drinks such as fruit juices and soft drink and saving lollies for a special treat.

– Watch your salt intake, compare food labels and avoid processed, canned and frozen meals

Alcohol

Let’s look at what happens to the male body once it’s subjected to alcohol.

A single sip of alcohol, whether it be beer, whine or rum can be present in the body for around 2 hours, during this time it impacts almost every aspect of the body.

Of course, it goes without saying that your poor liver does most of the hard work, it’ll be fighting off toxins from all directions while you’re enjoying your night out, but that doesn’t mean other organs get off easy.

In fact, the brain, skin, stomach and heart are also negatively impacted once you have a few cold ones and these effects can worsen significantly if alcohol consumption is too high.

There is another area however that we haven’t mentioned that can react particularly strangely to alcohol is the (clears throat) penis…

That’s right fellas, while some of you might find a crisp can of VB does wonders for your confidence, one can too many could derail your entire bedroom performance!

Beyond that potentially embarrassing situation however is the issues that alcohol can cause to your sperm count! Studies have shown that consuming as little as 5 drinks a week can decrease your sperm count and kill off a good portion of your champion swimmers.

Recent studies have also shown that well-over half of men with a dependence on alcohol experience at least one sexual health issue. These can include: erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and low libido so watch how many cold ones you’re knocking back after work boys.

 

Thanks for reading, look after yourselves fellas.

 

For more information, be sure to check out the official Men’s Health Week website here.