We want to highlight the importance of men's health and the services we provide to support the health and wellbeing of men and boys in our local community.
While it's true that we all have our own unique strengths and quirks, there's one thing we all share - our health. We should be aware of the risks associated with men's health issues and not be afraid to ask for help when we need it.
If you have concerns about your health, or someone else's health, whether it be physical or mental health, speak to us.
We need to talk more openly about men's health. We know there are some health conditions men are at a higher risk of developing, and we're here to raise awareness in order to reduce the risk and promote the health of all men.
You wouldn't leave your car without oil or water, you'd check your boiler before the winter season, and you probably know all the statistics for your favourite sports team. But what about yourself? Men, it’s time to give yourself an MOT!
What are common health concerns for men?
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the UK. The main causes of heart disease are high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Stress has a major part in some health conditions and due to men having more difficulty expressing their emotions they have a harder time when experiencing it.
Diabetes is caused when the blood sugar level becomes too high, there's are two types: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 cannot be avoided however type 2 can be avoided with life styles changes. Men store more fat around their stomachs and have an increased risk of high blood pressure therefore men aged between 35-54 are twice as likely to get diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Strokes are urgent medical emergencies, they are life threatening as a stroke occurs when blood supply is cut off from part of the brain. The sooner a stroke is recognised, the better chance there is of survival. Living a balanced, healthy lifestyle and not smoking, or drinking excessively, can reduce the risk of a stroke.
There are various types of liver disease, caused by different things, such as alcohol-related liver disease, hepatitis, haemochromatosis, and non-alcohol fatty liver disease. Symptoms of liver disease tend to not show in the early stages, often only showing when the liver is already damaged. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of liver disease.
The prostate is a small gland in the pelvis and is part of the male reproductive system. Prostate cancer usually develops slowly, often with no symptoms. Getting diagnosed early means the chances of survival are fairly high. Your GP can test for prostate cancer, speak to your GP for more information.
Testicular cancer may be less common than other forms of cancer, but it's especially important that younger men pay attention to their health. Testicular cancer is a small, painless lump or swelling that resides in the testicles. Fortunately, it's one of the most treatable forms of cancer, with almost all men diagnosed surviving for five or more years after diagnosis.
Erectile dysfunction is an issue that many men over 40 face. Although it may feel embarrassing to talk about, it’s important to note that occasional impotence caused by stress, tiredness, or excessive drinking is normal. Sometimes, however, it can be the result of underlying health issues, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression/anxiety.
Mental health is often overlooked in men, but it's just as important as physical health. Unprocessed emotions can be damaging and when left can lead to devastating consequences, suicide is the number one killer of men under 45. It can affect anyone, no matter how content their life is. Triggers can come from sudden changes in life, abuse, heredity, or your environment.
Speak to our pharmacist today
It's important to remember that staying healthy is not only good for your physical wellbeing but also your mental health. It's essential to speak up if you don't feel right. Don't shy away from discussing your health concerns with friends and family - it's important for emotional support. Our pharmacy team is on hand for discreet, confidential discussions about your health.
Our in-store services allow you to speak face-to-face with our fully qualified pharmacists about anything from your blood pressure to booking your flu jab and general healthy living advice. Our pharmacy team also offer a range of medicines and general healthcare lines that can assist recovery from illness and help you to maintain general good health.
Book an appointment today, at a date and time to suit you.
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