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These 6 So-Called Women’s Diseases Affect Men Too

posted on 7/6/2016 Facebook Facebook

Yes, there is a disparity between the two genders, whether it’s the physical anatomy, genetic makeup or hormonal levels. However, attributing certain diseases only to one gender can put the other one at serious health risks. Speaking about diseases, a lot of myths surround the ones which mostly affect women but are thought not to affect men.
While men may be less prone to certain specific health conditions as opposed to women, they may not be completely safe. We tell you so called ‘women’s diseases’ which are as likely to occur in men. So all you men out there, if you find any of the below symptoms don’t let your gender ego alter your decision to seek immediate medical attention.
1. Osteoporosis
Let’s start with something that we know for sure is most prevalent in women—osteoporosis. But you might not be entirely correct there. While 1 in 3 women are at the risk of this bone disease, so are 1 in 5 men. The declining levels of estrogen in women, post menopause increases their risk of osteoporosis but age may be a big risk factor too and hence men should not ignore their bone health. Experts recommend taking a bone density test after the age of 45 for men. Osteoporosis is also known to have a strong connection to genetics and hence if any of your parent suffers from either osteoporosis or arthritis, it might be wise to keep a check on your bone health. Speak to your doctor for further guidance.
2. Breast Cancer
Another disease evidently linked to women, breast cancer can affect men too. While the incidence may be as small as about 1%, research suggests that the numbers are on a gradual rise. Often, the disease is diagnosed at an advanced stage, as men tend to overlook the possibility of breast cancer and avoid routine screenings. Generally, men with breast cancer have low survival rates since the disease spreads quickly due to scanty tissue in the breast area. Experts recommend that men over the age of 50, of African-American descent and who are obese may be more prone to breast cancer. Hence, if you notice any unusual lumps, knots or skin abnormalities in your chest area please seek medical attention.
3. Thyroid Problems
Yes, the butterfly organ dysfunctions mostly in women and accounts for either an increase or decrease in the levels of thyroid hormones. When women are five to eight times more likely to suffer from thyroid abnormalities, men may be equally prone. The most common type of thyroid problem is hypothyroidism (inadequate production of thyroid hormone). When it comes to detecting hypothyroidism in men, many doctors simply overlook low thyroid, ignoring the signs and failing to put all the pieces together. Patients wonder if their problems are all in their heads, while doctors suggest they are just working too hard or getting older – or even that they need to go on antidepressants. Be informed and watch out for these signs: extreme fatigue, unexplained weight gain, muscle weakness, irritability and sleep disturbances.
4. Eating Disorders
It looks like, men too feel the pressure of being thin and in shape like women. This may make them skip meals intentionally, go that extra mile with rigorous workouts and develop food aversions. According to statistics, only 10 to 15 percent of people suffering from bulimia or anorexia are males, however, they are less likely to seek treatment which increases their risk of several diseases like heart problems, organ failure, bone loss etc.
5. Urinary Infections
If you suffer from enlarged prostate, kidney stones or any abnormal conditions concerning your urinary system then you sure fall in the high-risk group for developing a bladder infection. Symptoms include frequent urination, changes in the urine color and appearance (cloudy), burning sensation while passing urine and a low-grade fever.
6. Depression
Depression may present differently in men as compared to women. While women vent their feelings by crying, men tend to be angrier, irritable, frustrated and dejected. While women are two times more likely to be diagnosed with depression, men fall short when it comes to diagnosis. Untreated depression may make men turn to drugs or alcohol or engage in risky behavior like suicide. Depression is also thought to run in families where if you inherit a specific gene, your risk of depression is highly elevated. Hence, men need to be more vigilant when it comes to seeking out depression symptoms and getting the right treatment at the right time.
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