It is paradoxical: every year more male than female babies are born. The surplus of men lasts until about the age of 50. Then the proportion of men and women will be the same for almost ten years. At the age of 60, there is an increasing surplus of women, which reaches its peak at around 85. There are twice as many 85-year-old women as men. How could that be?
The gaps that the war has created are clearly visible. But the tendency for men to die earlier than women is also continuing in the generations that did not have to send any male soldiers to the warfield. There must therefore be other reasons. And indeed, men are at a disadvantage compared to women in terms of health!
One reason for this is the genetic make-up. It is well known that women have every chromosome in duplicate, including the sex chromosome. If one chromosome is defective, the other can step in. Men, on the other hand, do not have this advantage. Instead of the double X chromosome, they contain an X and a Y chromosome. For this reason, they are more often affected by hereditary diseases than women.
Another reason is the male sex hormone testosterone. This is unquestionably important for the man, because it promotes the growth of beard hair and muscles, or also the voice breakage and it makes more painless. Besides it has a few unsightly sides: It lowers the good cholesterol HDL in the blood, accelerates metabolic processes and thus indirectly promotes the development of cardiovascular diseases.
These natural resources are strengthened by the way of life. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office in its latest annual report, men in all age groups are more likely to be overweight than women. And this for decades! This increases the health risks that are already lurking on men, namely calcification of the blood vessels, high blood pressure and associated cardiovascular diseases, stroke and heart attacks. Recently, it is also known that obesity increases the risk of type 2 diabetes dramatically.
Furthermore, the Federal Statistical Office showed that men of all ages smoke more frequently than women. This is associated with other diseases, especially lung cancer. Of all cancers, it is the most common cause of death in men - and the third most common cause of death in women. Smoking also has an effect on the cardiovascular system, the ingredients of cigarette and Co make the blood vessels rigid and inelastic and thus also promote myocardial infarction and stroke.
Stress and hectic pace at work, irregular, unhealthy eating and little sport do their part so that the man's life becomes a major burden on his health. The fact that men rarely visit the doctor as a precautionary measure, but only then, if it hurts properly, probably doesn't have to be mentioned in the first place. 80 per cent of men do not feel like waiting for hours in a doctor's office for a screening test, according to a survey conducted by the market research institute GfK on behalf of the pharmacy survey. In families, women still have the health tax in their hands.
It's not a good view. And there are other facts and figures that show that men live too unhealthy lives and are too lax with their health. But before we now resign ourselves, however, we should rather consider the ways out of this man's health building site.
It is especially important that men leave the point of view "Indians know no pain". Pain and small complaints are often the first signs of illness. Permanent difficulty swallowing can be a sign of esophageal cancer. A weakening stream of water while urinating is a sign of an enlarged prostate and possibly of prostate cancer. Erectile dysfunction can be an indication of diabetes mellitus type 2. A car that makes strange driving noises or whose engine stutters is taken to the workshop immediately. The trolley is also regularly cleaned from the outside and inside. But what a man gives to his car, he usually doesn't grant to himself - out of misunderstood pride.
In addition, there are of course diseases that do not make themselves felt for a long time, but are only detected in good time by regular check-ups. For this purpose, there is the check-up for passenger cars. For the man there is also a kind of medical check-up, they are called preventive examinations and paid for by the health insurance companies. Check-ab-35, which is intended for every person aged 35 and over, controls heart functions and blood values. From the age of 40, it is time to examine glaucoma, especially if someone in the family has glaucoma. From 45 onwards, every man should undergo regular prostate and thyroid examinations. From 55 onwards, it's time for colorectal cancer screening.
This is all part of the minimum early detection. If you go to your family doctor, he or she will recommend further examinations, depending on your medical history. Go to the prevention check for your health.
Copyright: Landeszentrale fuer Gesundheitsfoerderung in Rheinland-Pfalz e.V. (LZG) Germany