When it come to personal health, men aren’t exactly known for being a cautious bunch. In fact, from binge drinking to workplace stress, multiple studies have shown that men are significantly more likely than women to personally put their health in jeopardy.
Here are eight surprisingly common health mistakes that slowly but surely help to lower the average life span of the male gender. How many do you make?
Laptops and Laps
In recent years, a number of high profile studies have indicated that heat emitting devices and male genitalia don’t exactly mix well. The theory is that when a mans testicles are frequently exposed to high temperatures, his sperm counts can slowly be compromised.
In other words, every time you leave a laptop on your lap, you are increasing your odds of infertility. The same logic applies to warm baths and tightly fitting underwear.
Failing to Visit the Doctor
Men have both a lower lifespan than women and an increased likelihood of dieing from cancer. Despite this fact, they are twenty percent less likely to visit their doctor.
While nobody enjoys going for a check up, catching illnesses early on can literally mean the difference between life and death. If it’s been a while since your last check up, it’s therefore well worth trying to change that fact.
Another important health precaution that many men fail to take is regular self-checks for signs of testicular cancer. It’s believed that this is caused by a combination of fear, denial of the risks involved and simply not knowing how to perform a self-check.
With incidences of testicular cancer continuing to rise among both young and middle aged men, this is a dangerous mistake to make. If you’re unsure about how to perform a self-check, there’s a wide selection of tutorials available online.
Despite the fact that women are starting to drink more and more, binge drink is still significantly more common in men. Excess consumption of alcohol can not only wreak havoc with your health in the long term, lapses of judgement in the short term can also easily prove fatal.
If you want to drink without harming your health, it’s important to both learn your limits and stick to them.
Bottling Things Up
Men are not exactly known for being open about their feelings. They are also far less likely to ask for support when they find their emotions getting out of control. This might be the reason that men are 50% less likely to be diagnosed with depression despite the fact that they are 77% more likely to commit suicide as a result of it.
Multiple studies have also suggested that men who bottle up feelings of anger and resentment are significantly more likely to have a stroke. In other words, failing to vent now and then can easily prove fatal.
Stressing Out at Work
Despite the fact that men and women are exposed to identical levels of work related stress, men are four times as likely to take a sick day as a result. They are also twice as likely to turn to alcohol to relax.
Workplace stress has been linked to depression, heart disease and even strokes. It’s therefore not an emotion that should be taken lightly. If you find yourself tearing your hair out at work, it’s therefore well worth trying to talk to somebody about it.
Not Looking After Their Teeth
Compared to 86% of women, just 66% of men brush their teeth twice or more per day. Women are also twice as likely to have regular dentist check ups.
Contrary to popular belief, failing to take care of your teeth isn’t just bad for your mouth. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, erectile dysfunction and even dementia. It’s certainly something to think about the next time you’re in too much of a hurry to brush your teeth.
Not Wearing Sunscreen
Finally, there’s the small matter of sunscreen, if you’re a man, chances are you don’t wear enough of it. Despite the fact that skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the US, it’s estimated that only 37% of men actually protect their skin with sunscreen.
Considering the amount of time that the average man spends outside for work and leisure activities, this is a perfect example of a small mistake that can easily prove fatal.
About the Author: Jack Bird is an orthopaedic surgeon by profession. He has been bestowed with many awards from the medical fraternity for his research in this field. He often writes about varying topics related to his field on blogging sites. You can get in touch with him and know more about him on his website jointpain.md.