You know that old saying “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”?
Well, when it comes to diagnosing and treating health concerns shared by both sexes, men and women can definitely be worlds apart.
It’s a sad fact that Canadian men die younger than women, and have on average more than nine years of unhealthy life — most of it preventable! So what better reason to talk about three diseases that impact men and women very differently:
- Heart health — In Canada, heart disease is the second-leading cause of death after cancer. Men are 79% more likely to die from heart disease than women, but there’s plenty we can do to keep our hearts healthy! Check out more on our blog here.
- Depression — Depression is more common in women, but deadlier for men. When women are depressed, they report feeling sad. However, guys tend to hide their depression by drinking or self-medicating in other ways. If you’re feeling down, diet and exercise can have surprisingly positive effects on your mental health. Find out more here!
- Type 2 Diabetes — Men are more likely than women to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, particularly at age 55 or older. And while erectile dysfunction affects most men at some point in their lives, it’s much more common in men with type 2 diabetes. Healthy bodies (and healthy erection) all start with modifying your lifestyle.
These three big health concerns for men are all impacted by exercise, diet, and even social life! So embrace what it means to be a man, and start taking control of your health through small changes!
Daniel Palmer is a communications professional and former journalist. Born in Newfoundland and raised in British Columbia, Daniel considers himself an elastic Canadian with a West Coast bias. Nature is usually the cure for what ails him. Daniel is based in Ottawa with his wife and daughter.