I'm sure that you are already pretty clued up about your own health. Most women usually are, especially when you compare them to men. Not only that, though, but women are a lot more likely to follow healthy diets and get enough exercise. Men, on the other hand, have a reputation for being not quite as healthy. What's more, men are a lot less likely to book an appointment with their doctor to get necessary regular checkups or to pop into get some symptoms checked out.
So, why are men so much worse than women when it comes to looking after themselves? No one quite knows, to be honest, but it could be something to do with their pride. But whatever the reason, it is something that needs to be changed. Men's health is just as important as women's, so you might want to start to remind your partner to get regular health checks to make sure that he is in peak condition.
Here are a few checks that can greatly help improve any man's health.
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If you are currently trying for a baby, you should both consider getting a fertility check up. This will then flag up any potential health issues that could be preventing you from conceiving. Your partner should think about getting a sperm analysis to ensure that there are no problems in that department. If he has a low sperm count, then it could prove to be very difficult to conceive. Thankfully, though, there are a few things that a fertility clinic can do to solve that problem. So, if you are currently trying to conceive or will be starting in the near future, it's a good idea to get a fertility check to ensure that neither of you will be causing any problems.
One of the most important checks for men to carry out on a regular basis is a prostate exam. By checking his prostate, your man will be able to make sure that there are no lumps that could be cancerous tumours. Prostate cancer is one of the biggest killers amongst men, so there is no wonder why this exam is so necessary. Your partner will be able to do this examination himself at home, and can then get in touch with a doctor if he finds anything suspicious. However, there are some men who prefer to just go to their doctor to carry out the exam. Generally speaking, young men just need to examine their prostate every two years. Middle aged men should do so more regularly. If your partner ever experiences rectal bleeding, pain in his backside, or gets constipated, it could be a sign that there is something wrong with his prostate and should get it checked out straight away.
Weight And BMI
We all know that we need to stay as trim as possible, but it can be all too easy to let things slip a little and start to pile on the pounds. So, it's a good idea to keep on reminding your partner to weigh himself every now and then so he can keep track of his weight. If he ever notices his weight gradually start to rise, he will need to get a bit more active or start to watch what he eats. It's also worth your partner tracking his BMI as well. BMI means body mass index and is a quick way to find out if your current weight is healthy or not. You can find out more about BMI and how to measure it online.
Your man will also need to keep a close eye on his blood pressure. Young men won't need to worry about this as long as they are fairly healthy and not overweight as it is more of an issue for men once they hit middle age. So, if your partner is slightly older, you will need to ensure he is going to the doctor for a regular blood pressure test. It's also necessary for overweight young men to get this test as well as they will be at an increased risk. Not only that, though, but men who are under a lot of pressure and are very stressed will also have an increased risk in high blood pressure. If that sounds like your partner, he will need to get checked to make sure his blood pressure isn't at a dangerous level!
Diabetes is a big issue these days. More and more people are being diagnosed with the health condition, and this is largely down to inactivity and poor diets. If diabetes goes by unchecked, it can greatly raise the risk of heart disease and other serious illnesses. So, it is really worth your partner getting checked for diabetes. There are some main symptoms that will be very noticeable if he does indeed have diabetes, and these include an increased need to urinate and constant thirst.
These days, there is an increased awareness of mental health, and we all know that it is best to seek help with any mental health issues rather than ignore them and allow them to develop. Thanks to all this increased awareness, men are a lot more likely to seek help when they struggle with their mental health. It's best to reassure your partner that you will always listen to him whenever he needs someone to talk to. It's also good to encourage them to seek professional help whenever necessary.
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