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Understanding Men’s Health – Five Biggest Mistakes

Updated: Aug 3, 2023



Men are often believed to be the stronger sex, but who are we kidding? I am a doctor with a specialization in Men’s Health and my studies and research say that men are the weaker sex. Men just look strong and their attitude may be dominating but as any couple who’s the master of the house? When it comes to consistent performance, risk-weighing, and living in balance women are far ahead of men. Studies across the globe show that there are 5 things men do wrong.


Men don’t share their feelings

Men like to portray that they are strong and better and that's why they fear sharing the weak points. For most men their immediate human contact is co-workers and men don’t mess with their business. They can't share internal disturbances and concerns because they will be judged professionally for the same by other men. Their colleagues who are also usually men won't know how to separate personal issues from the impact they may have on their businesses. Work keeps most men so busy that they lose out on sharing and spending time with real friends who hopefully won't judge them.


Men resort to Substance Abuse


Substance abuse has a huge impact on men. Substance abuse comes naturally because of men keep their hurts inside. It also is natural to men to abuse substances because it lets them manage work pressure and stress or does it? Substance abuse has become a medium to connect with peers and many men do it simply for that reason alone. Looking for a set of fools with similar interests can be severely damaging to search for a company. What do you think?


Men take up all the high risks jobs


Kudos to all the “macho” ness that men would like to display, they take up high-risk professions like war, construction, driving, racing, and anything else wilder. Searching for adventure, men fall prey to accidents and mortality. Women understand and choose what suits them better and men are pushed to do the hard things mostly by choice and sometimes by force.


Men rely too much on themselves

Do you know how many studies have pointed out that men are too self-reliant? They don’t like to be in touch with healthcare for fear of the unknown and they also don’t want to get their measurements checked be it the blood pressure, the Body Mass Index, or any other labs for that matter. Self-reliance is good to a certain extent but not when it poses a threat to life.



Men live in the Herculean Image

Genetics of men is inferior to women. Compared to two X chromosomes in women which back each other and protect themselves from disease, men have a small and practically useless Y chromosome which has only one job and that is to make you a male. Even with this evident and widely known genetic deficit men still go by their looks and feel stronger as a gender.

Well, these are the five main pain points around when the health of men revolves. If we as gender could learn to share more, care more, and rely more on others we could do much better for ourselves as men. Hoping this ignites a change in how we perceive the problems and shortcomings of other men and we can learn to care better.


References:

Nobis R, Sandén I. Young men's health: a balance between self-reliance and vulnerability in the light of hegemonic masculinity. Contemp Nurse. 2008 Jun;29(2):205-17. doi: 10.5172/conu.673.29.2.205. Erratum in: Contemp Nurse. 2009 Aug;33(1):94. PMID: 18844534.


Written and Edited by Dr. Raman Tanwar, MBBS, MS, MCh (Urologist and Andrologist)

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