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Sunday, June 06, 2004


Official: being male is bad for your health

If you are male you gotta read this article by Roger Dobson which can be found in the online versi of the Independent, if you are not but have a male spouse or partner, do also read it.
Masculinity, already said to be in crisis, has now been classed as a disease. A group of international researchers has concluded that men are so prone to illness and premature death that being male in itself is a major health risk. Oh my gosh and they say that woman is the weaker sex.

Men are twice as likely to die early as women, are more prone to cancer and are more liable to be killed by heart disease, strokes, infections and congenital conditions. Men are also more at risk of mental illness, skin, blood and digestive diseases; and more likely to be killed in accidents and car crashes, and to die by suicide. It's never too late to start those "Well Men Clinics"; Datuk Chua SL please take note, even though your MINIstry may be running out of money, remember you are at risk too. Start producing or training those "Man Specialists/Andrologists".

Academics from universities in Leeds, Vienna, and Ottawa and the World Health Organisation spent a year looking at data on nearly 200 million men in 17 countries across the developed world, including the UK. They concluded that, while most health screening is focused on women, it is men who should be the main concern as the sheer burden of ill-health suffered by men needs action. Ditto above mentioned action. Just like ladies have their "Klinik PayuDara" and have breast self-exam taught, Datuk Chua, please set up "Klinik Bola" [i don't mean the soccer variety] and teach men how to self-check their balls monthly.

The results, published in a new medical journal, JMHG[Journal of Men’s Health and Gender], shows big differences between men and women at all ages, from new-born babies to centenarians. There has been increasing concern about the health of men, but the sheer scale of the problem has not been addressed until now. Among men and women under 75, the risk of death among males was twice that of females. Take out a subscription for JMHG, if you are man enough.

The report suggests that there are a number of possible reasons for the differences. It says: "The greater problems with men's health compared with women might be attributable to biological differences; the nature of men's lifestyles, for example alcohol consumption and smoking, which lay them more open to risk, and men's delay in seeking help." So lay off those brain-numbing drinks and cancer sticks.

It adds: "The number of divorced or separated older men living alone has greatly increased over the last 20 years. Men who live alone have been shown to have poorer health than those who live with a partner. We need to consider if there are further elements at play, if men are more 'fragile' than women or if being a man is in itself a 'disease'," says the report. Go get a partner and tell him/her all your woes. You will be better and healthier for that.

Dr Alan White principal lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, who led the study, said that, until now, there has been no comprehensive picture of men's health. "Being a man is like having a terminal disease that will prematurely end your life," he said. "Fifty per cent of men are dead by the time they are 75," he added. "But we should not see it as being hopeless. We need to make sure that there are changes so that men's health improves." There is still hope, just don't give up and don't take things lying down. At the end of the day, we, men, must start looking out for ourselves too or kaput day will be what is in store for us. We are not finished yet. What will happen to our wo-men without their men?


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