At Charleston Men’s Clinic, men’s health is very important to us—we like to make sure that all of our patients are feeling as healthy as possible in order to be better sexual partners and better men. While we often talk about good decisions men can make for their health, we haven’t discussed some of the biggest mistakes men make in terms of health on a day-to-day basis.
Due to America’s machismo, “tough guy” culture, men are much more likely to ignore health problems, push doctor’s appointments to the side, and push their bodies to the limits—all of which can affect their health in the bedroom and beyond. Let’s take a look at the biggest men’s health mistakes, and discover some tweaks and fixes to avoid these mistakes.
They don’t get regular checkups.
This is perhaps the most egregious and most common crime in the men’s health world. For some reason, men just don’t want to go to the doctor sometimes, whether it’s because of the expense, the change of routine, or because they’re “fine” (more on this later).
According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men are twice as likely as women to say they haven’t been to the doctor for a checkup in over a year—and this can have terrible health consequences. While it’s commonplace for women to see a gynecologist at least once per year for a women’s health exam, there’s really no standard men’s health exam, which can lead to men skipping out on the doctor for years and ignoring health problems that are compromising, if not fatal.
They always “rub some dirt on it.”
The male machismo culture in America requires men to be tough, indestructible, and unfazed—so when a man has an ache, a pain, a lingering sickness or a “small” open wound, it might be his first reaction to “rub some dirt on it” in a figurative sense. Men are tough, so they can handle it, right? They’ll heal up just fine, right?
This is the attitude that turns small ailments into seriousness illnesses and tiny aches into debilitating pains. Is it really worth putting off a trip to the doctor because you’re a real tough guy? You won’t feel quite as tough when you find out that stomach ache is actually appendicitis. Don’t risk it and act tough—play it safe and protect your health.
They don’t eat as healthy as they should.
Another CDC survey reports that, compared to men, more women get their daily servings of fruits (36 percent vs. 29 percent) as well as their daily serving of vegetables (31 percent vs. 21 percent). Why is it that women seem to eat much healthier than men across the board?
It’s hard to tell why—perhaps it’s because women are more weight conscious than men due to cultural and societal factors, or perhaps it’s because some manly men wouldn’t be caught dead eating a salad. Whatever the case, men often have higher levels of heart-compromising LDL cholesterol, higher blood pressure, and a higher risk for heart disease and cardiac arrest. They arguably have more reasons to eat healthy than women do, yet they’re generally much less healthy than their female counterparts.
As a man, your health, fitness and longevity start in the kitchen. Eat your fruits, veggies, and healthy fats, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle and a lower risk for heart problems.
They work too hard in the gym.
There’s something about the gym that brings out the most macho qualities in men—once they’re in the public eye and in a position to show off their athletic abilities, they will almost always push their bodies to the extreme and pretend they’re elite athletes for whoever is watching. This is problematic in two ways: it increases the potential for training injuries, which will undoubtedly get in the way of your athletic progress, and it can lead to overtraining, which can alter your mood, leave you fatigued, lethargic, and potentially impotent.
We know you want to become the next great weightlifter or football player, but don’t overtrain in the process—it’ll do much more harm than good for your athletic performance and your health as a man.
They don’t care for their mental health.
According to a 202 Depression and Activity study, women with major depression issues were three times more likely to seek professional help for their depression than men. So what’s keeping men from getting the help they need?
Men often “rub some dirt on it” when it comes to their mental state—after all, what kind of tough guy doesn’t just suck it up and deal with his problems on his own? This is one of the biggest mistakes men can make for their mental health and their overall health—if men don’t get help with their mental and psychological issues, it can have profound effects on their relationships, productivity, and even their physical state. These problems often drift into the bedroom, too.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting help to improve your mental health, whether it’s from a self-help book, a therapist, group counseling, or a psychologist. A little help can go a long way, and it can help you overcome deeply rooted issues so you can be your best and happiest self. If you’re not happy, then how could you be healthy?
They avoid seeking help for sex-related health issues.
In just about every sense, sex is a vulnerable experience. Having sexual experiences (and even talking about them) can make men uncomfortable. However, this can be a problem when men have sex-related issues, whether they’re biological or psychological. It’s easy to feel like “less of a man” when you’re dealing with conditions like low libido, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, or performance anxiety—and it can be seemingly impossible to discuss it with anyone, whether it be your partner or your doctor.
We hate to break it to you, but keeping your sexual problems to yourself and “sucking it up” is a classic man move—and it’s not going to help you overcome the stress and anxiety these problems can cause. When something in your life isn’t working, it’s time to take action and work hard to change it—that’s where Charleston Men’s Clinic can help.
As medical experts helping men improve their sexual health and performance, Charleston Men’s Clinic staffers are proud to help you with your sex-related health problems, and will always provide a sympathetic, non-judgemental ear when it comes to whatever you’re dealing with. Don’t wait—schedule an appointment with Charleston Men’s Clinic and improve your sexual health today.