”WE’RE NOT THAT RESILIENT” |MEN’S HEALTH WEEK

It’s a well-known fact that men have shorter life expectancy than women, these contribute to the fact that they are more likely to be seen in the most dangerous work environments like construction sites among others. Eventually, everyone is going to die, but there are several things we can do to live longer and healthier, which in turn improves the overall quality of our life and that of our loved ones.

According to the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over one million American men died of heart disease or one of the nine other leading causes of death in 2003. This statistic means 80% of all deaths by men that year is due to heart disease or any of the nine diseases listed below. The top ten causes of death in men are:

  1. Heart disease
  2. Unintentional injuries
  3. Cancer
  4. Stroke
  5. Diabetes
  6. Pneumonia and influenza
  7. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (AKA lung diseases)
  8. Suicide
  9. Kidney disease
  10. Alzheimer’s disease

Happily, most of these diseases are preventable, we (men) can take steps to avoid them by knowing the symptoms (and stop being stubborn), through regular check-ups by health care provider or physician and by living a healthier lifestyle, for example by reducing the consumption of fast food.

Being sick doesn’t mean you’re weak, it means you’re just human with metabolic system like every living thing.

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If you ask me, our proudness can be among the leading cause of our death. Yes! Sometimes we need to show we’re resilient but one thing we should also know is women are resilient too and when they are sick they tend to ask their counterpart for assistance. Why can’t we do the same?

It’s high time we start taking care of ourselves and look pass our arrogancy or whatever it maybe. Those that have families, children or partners should start thinking of ‘’who will take care of my family or children or partner when I’m not here’’. If you’re single think about your legacy ‘’who will take up from where you left off, who will look after your mom, dad, brother or sister if you’re gone’’.

It’s time to start letting our loved ones take care of us when we feel sick. Doctors visit wouldn’t hurt you (except your pocket but is worth it) and letting your loved one know you’re sick wouldn’t make them think any less of you but let them know you need them, and I’m sure they will be happy to take care of you and even accompany you to a clinic or hospital. Let’s drop the I’m a man persona and let our family take care of us. For example, the moment I start getting feverish the first person on my speed dial is my dad and if I’m at home, my mom is the first person I seek help from. If you have a wife or partner tell them you’re sick when you’re, there is nothing there, they will be happy to help. Don’t be the ‘’it’s just a headache or I think I’m just tired that’s why I’m feeling dizzy or pain’’. It’s time to drop the act and let others help us, Paracetamol and Panadol are not the cure to everything, trust me!

Guys! How do you handle yourself when you’re sick?  and

Ladies do your partner/family member admit illness immediately?

3 thoughts on “”WE’RE NOT THAT RESILIENT” |MEN’S HEALTH WEEK

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  1. I live with my parents and whenever I’m sick my mom sometime knows it before I can wrap my head around what’s wrong with me👩‍⚕️. My dad don’t admit sickness, unless it’s physical like cold or flu. On the other hand I’m like you i always call mom when I’m sick 😥

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