What you can do to keep yourself healthy
The following steps are recommended to help you live longer and live better:
1. Understand the “male approach” to health.
The first step is to learn about common male feelings of fear, embarrassment, and above all, invincibility. Educate yourself about male health problems. Before you can help yourself you need to learn about male specific health concerns.
2. Share what you learn with your partner.
The fact is, some men need to be prodded along to pay attention to their health. Consequently, if your partner is well educated regarding male health issues, they will help to remind you of areas of concern. A partner can talk more openly with you regarding your health, pass along an article or book, or give you the number of a hot line.
3. Watch for signs and symptoms.
If a flashing red light goes off in a man’s car, chances are he will take it in for service right away. But when a warning sign goes off in his body, he may well ignore it. You can help yourself by knowing which symptoms are flashing red lights. These symptoms need to be checked out right away.
4. Talk about it.
Many men have trouble telling a doctor or a partner about a health symptom. A woman reported that she asked her husband where it hurt. He just said, “It hurts all over.” In summary he didn’t have a vocabulary for expressing what was happening with his body.
5. Find out when men need to have a check-up.
While most men know the maintenance schedule for their cars, few know how often they should visit the doctor at various ages. Also, few men know how to do self-examinations for cancers. For example, few men know that they should examine themselves each month for testicular cancer, the most common cancer in men under 40. A survey showed that 97 percent of college students were unaware of this test. A group of students were shown this simple examination. Six months later, 79 percent were doing it regularly.
6. Take your partner with you to the doctor.
A woman likes for the man to deal with the service department at the garage or the car dealership. And men don’t mind. They’re comfortable at the garage. Men are not experienced at dealing with doctors. Women, however, have tremendous experience dealing with physicians and can help the man keep healthy and get the most from the visit.
7. Write a list of questions for the doctor.
The average woman asks four questions during a doctor appointment. The average man asks none. Try to think of all the possible questions and write them down before visiting your doctor. In addition you and your partner should compile this list.
8. Work on a problem together.
Many health challenges are best handled together. For example, weak erections is a male problem. However this problem can be most effectively dealt with as a partnership. The same goes for other sexual dysfunctions like premature ejaculation, depression and stress. There is a direct correlation between partner involvement and recovery time. Certainly this is true for surgery.
9. Keep a health diary.
In our current healthcare system, people change providers frequently. Since the only constant is the patient, a health file is important. We recommend that you keep a health diary of when you had your last check-up, what the doctor recommended, etc.
10. Compile your family’s health history.
Ask your parents about their health problems, because you may inherit them. Doctors are discovering many links between inheritance and the risk of disease. They are urging people to compile a history of the diseases that run in the family so that the proper preventive steps can be taken. Compiling your family’s health history will help you and your doctor identify your health priorities.
11. Exercise and follow a healthy diet together.
Changes in diet and exercise are often most lasting when a couple adopts them together. Often your partner is the one doing the grocery shopping. Consequently involving them in a healthy eating plan is important.
12. Talk with other men.
Find out how your problems affect other men. If you have a certain problem, find other men who you can talk to with the same problem. Talking with another man who shares the same health problem has enormous impact. Possible sources are support groups and health organisations. Your doctor can also perhaps explore other male patients to see if they might contact you to share experiences.
In conclusion Men’s Clinic International deals with any sexual problems that are related to Weak Erections, Early Ejaculation, Low Libido, STIs or Circumcision. Do get in touch with us to book a consultation with our professional doctors who specialise in Men’s Sexual Health.
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