Focus on Men’s Health

These days, both men and women show more concern for their health than previous generations, which has led to improvements in quality of life and life expectancy. Men have many challenges to deal with every day. Why not try to meet the challenge of remaining healthy?

Staying Healthy: A Matter of Will  

If you are a man who pays little attention to health issues, it may be time for you to get serious. Health is a precious gift that should not be taken for granted. Behaviours such as eating healthily, exercising, reducing stress levels, taking some time for fun and relaxation, refraining from smoking and drinking, and taking the medications prescribed by your doctor should be your top priorities. If they have not been until now – it’s never too late to change.

To stay healthy, you must first want it, and then take action to achieve this worthy goal. Sometimes, illness is due to bad luck, but sometimes it results from poor life decisions, ignorance or carelessness. It’s up to you to find the tools and strategies that will help you enjoy a long and fulfilling life. 

For more advice on making the right health decisions every day, we suggest that you read the following Health Tips:

Cardiovascular Health: A Major Issue for Men

Cardiovascular disease (affecting the heart and blood vessels ) is one of the most common health problems in Canada, as well as a leading cause of death. It is estimated that every seven minutes, a Canadian dies from a cardiovascular disease, such as heart attack (myocardial infarction) or stroke (cerebrovascular accident - CVA). Although these disorders affect women as well as men, it is known that men often get them at a younger age. Statistics tell us that 28% of Canadian men can expect to die from this type of health problem. It’s something to think about! Certain factors may predispose a person of either sex to have a cardiovascular disorder, including poor nutrition or a high-fat diet, a sedentary lifestyle (lack of exercise), smoking, stress, overweight or obesity, and a family history of heart disease or certain other diseases (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome , etc. ). To reduce their cardiovascular risk, men would be wise to make the changes needed to adopt a healthier lifestyle. For more information on this vital health issue, see the following Health Tips:

Reproductive System Problems

Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is a condition that concerns many men. It is estimated that after the age of 40, approximately one in three men experiences erection difficulties. Sometimes this problem has organic causes, such as a disease or the effect of medications. It may also be due to psychological causes, such as fatigue, stress, performance anxiety or psychological trauma. Quite often, it results from a combination of factors. Regardless of the cause or causes of erectile dysfunction, it is a source of distress for the men who experience it. Thankfully, there are solutions. It is unfortunate that some men are reluctant to discuss their sexual difficulties with a health care professional, as this person is able to give valuable assistance. If you are a man and are experiencing problems with sexual functioning, don’t stay in the shadows – look for a solution.

Your pharmacist can advise you on available treatments for erectile dysfunction and determine whether your current medication could be causing, or at least contributing to, this problem. For more information about erectile dysfunction, see the Health Tip entitled Solutions to Erectile Dysfunction.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia

The prostate, a small gland located below the bladder, is part of the male urinary system. It surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine passes out of the body. With age, the prostate may become enlarged and exert pressure on the urethra, making urination more difficult. This condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The risk of BPH increases with age and is a normal part of aging. Symptoms rarely appear before age 40, but affect nearly 50% of men aged 60 and 80% by age 80. The most common symptom of BPH is difficulty urinating. Other symptoms include the feeling of incomplete emptying of the bladder after urination, the need to strain to urinate and a weak urine stream. BPH is not dangerous, but it can cause discomfort. If you are experiencing urination-related symptoms, speak to your doctor. Your pharmacist can also inform you on medications available for treating BPH, as well as self-care steps. For more information on this subject, see the Health Tip on Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.

Prostate cancer

More prevalent than many people realize, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in Canada and the third leading cause of cancer death among Canadians. It generally grows slowly and can often be cured or successfully treated. The sooner it is detected , the better the response to treatment and chance of a cure. Two tests are used to screen for prostate cancer: a digital rectal exam performed by a doctor and a blood test to check the PSA (prostate specific antigen) level. Certain lifestyle changes help reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer, including quitting smoking and cutting dietary fat. Men who have prostate cancer may or may not experience symptoms.  Some of the typical symptoms resemble those associated with other conditions, such as BPH. Other possible symptoms include pain during ejaculation, blood in the urine or semen and back pain. See your doctor regularly and discuss your risk of prostate cancer and recommended screening and prevention measures. For more information on this disease, see the following Health Tips: Five Good Habits to Adopt to Prevent Prostate Cancer and How to Detect Prostate Cancer and Recognize Symptoms.

If you have any question on health or medications, your pharmacist is always available to help you. Do not hesitate to speak to him or her.


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Focus on Men’s Health

These days, both men and women show more concern for their health than previous generations, which has led to improvements in quality of life and life expectancy. Men have many challenges to deal with every day. Why not try to meet the challenge of remaining healthy?