10 things every man should know about their health

 

  1. Blood Pressure – Every man should know his baseline blood pressure. Blood Bppressure can never be exactly the same as the value is influenced by normal body mechanisms like beating of the heart and normal physical activity.  Apart from protecting oneself from the known side effects of high blood pressure, B.P monitoring is essential for other reasons. From my experience, few men take time to know their normal or recommended health parameters until they develop a symptom that will make them seek medical treatment. They thus tend to suffer from adverse effects of blood pressure for a longer time before it is managed. Black men also tend to suffer from high blood pressure more commonly.
  2. BMI – Body mass Index is a figure that basically correlates one’s height with one’s BMIweight. It is a universally accepted way of determining if one’s weight is acceptable for their height. One can then determine if their weight is normal, overweight or underweight. Maintaining one’s weight within normally accepted levels helps one to prevent or manage symptoms of diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, arthritis and joint pains.
  3. Blood sugar – It would be good practice for every person to measure their bloodBlood sugar sugar levels at least once in their lives but preferably once a year as general health vigilance. Blood sugar monitoring becomes essential in people who are overweight and people with family history of diabetes in blood relatives.
  4. PSA (Prostatic Specific Antigen) level– PSA is a hormone that is derived from the prostate gland. It is measured by Hbtaking a blood specimen and sending it for assay. It should be done once a year for all healthy men above the age of forty years. PSA levels can increase due to benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), handling of the prostate gland during prostrate exam or catheterization. More importantly, PSA levels rise in cancer of the prostate. In our Country, prostate cancer is very common (in the top ten cancers) and if detected early, one can achieve 100% cure rate since it is a slow growing cancer.
  5. Dyspepsia can be a warning – Anyone can suffer dyspepsia symptoms due to poor diet, drugs, GERD, alcohol and cigarette smoking (check out our blog on hyperacidity).  But, any man, especially above 40 men2 years of age, with persistent or recurrent dyspepsia symptoms should be thoroughly investigated for cancer of the stomach. In addition, they may suffer from esophageal cancer or liver cancer especially in our Country where these three cancers are in the top ten cancers encountered. Dyspepsia symptoms include heartburn, acidity pain, abdominal bloatedness, belching a lot and many other nonspecific subjective complains.
  6. Central obesity is a health risk– In many cultures, a man with central obesity is considered a mark of prestige and wealth. It portrays a man who is able to utilize his wealth in living the men1good life unlike a thin man or one with a flat stomach. Men should first and foremost be aware that unlike women who primarily store fat under the skin, men tend to store fat around their organs like heart and kidneys. That is the reason they are able to develop a well rounded, firm girth. Fat deposited around organs is much harder to loose and studies have shown that a wide girth is a risk factor for diabetes and heart diseases.
  7. H.I.V status – Every person should know their H.I.V status for their own health HIVbeing.  The essence of knowing one’s H.I.V status is so that one can ensure that their immunity remains as high as possible in order to pre-empt opportunistic infections that are the menaces to deal with.
  8. STD status – Every man must know his STD status because of the adverse effects associated with acquiring an STD. Some STDs can lead to infertility like Chlamydia which unfortunately is often asymptomatic when acquired. Others can be transmitted to their female sexual partners and then to unborn babies while in the uterus or during delivery including syphilis, herpes and gonorrhea. Papillomas are also transmitted by men to women and these in term predispose to cervical cancer and penile cancer.STD
  9. Uric acid levels – Every man above forty years should ideally do an annual uric acid grout managementlevel as part of normal health vigilance. This can be started earlier if one’s diet involves excessive consumption of alcohol and proteins. (For more detail, check out our blog on gout.) Excess uric acid is deposited in joints and in the kidney and a person may represent with gouty arthritis, high blood pressure symptoms or renal failure.
  10. Normal male genitalia – All men (and this time I would like to include male children, teenagers and young adults) should know their normal genital. They should know their penile look as well as the look and feel of their testicles. For young children, parents must ensure that both testicles are descended by two years of age. Undescended testicles are a big concern for future infertility as well as risk of development of testicular cancer. For children and teenagers, they must be advised about testicular pain. Many cases of testicular torsion (twisting of the testicle) are missed or diagnosed late because the boys do not tell the health care provider of testicular pain. Some report it a day or two later and the sad fact is that it is usually too late to save the testicle. Testicular cancer can also occur and usually presents with a painless, enlarged testicles.men3

 

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2 thoughts on “10 things every man should know about their health

  1. How about alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking? These are significant issues today when it comes to health in men…

  2. Thanks Mwendwa for your comment which is noted. We will plan for blogs specifically covering alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking as it affects both men and women.

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