In the battle of the sexes, who comes out healthier? Who lives longer? Discover the answers here, plus ways to enable you – and your mate – to make it to the finish line.
Of course men think the way they do because they are men, and women act the way they do because they are women. The male psyched is certainly different from the female psyche, a difference that goes beyond attitude, behavior, emotions and reasoning.
The laws of nature dictate that a man’s body is different from a woman’s body because of their specific roles in reproduction and in society. Men have more of the hormone testosterone to produce sperm and muscle mass.
Women, on the other hand, have more estrogen and progesterone than men, hormones that regulate the production of the egg cell, the other ingredient in the mix of life. Since women carry the child, their body is structured to allow a fetus to develop. Their hips are wider to facilitate childbirth, while their breasts are prominent to allow nurturing of the child they birthed.
These differences in anatomy and chemical makeup expose men and women to medical conditions specific to their genders.
IT’S A GUY THING
A silent crisis in men’s health and well-being is growing. Men’s lack of health awareness and a culturally induced behavior at work and in their personal lives are causing concern in health circles. Due to factors such as lifestyle, education and environment, the average life span of men is more than 10% lower than that of women. Most of men’s illnesses today develop initially from unhealthy lifestyle choices and among these are;
- Heart Disease. One in every five men worldwide can expect to suffer a heart attack before age 65. Between 25 and 75, men’s death rate from heart disease is two to three times greater than that of women in the same age group. Studies show that most cases of heart disease are related to diet and stress. To prevent this, men should adopt a healthy lifestyle.
- Prostate Cancer. Prostate glands are part of the male reproductive system. This disease has a survival rate of above 80% if detected early. Men should go for a prostate-specific antigen examination every three years, and every year if you are over 50.
- Testicular Cancer. It’s one of the most common cancers in males aged 20-39 (US National Institutes of Health). It has an 87% chance of survival if treated early. Male as young as 15 should do a testicular self-exam every month.
IT’S A GAL THING
Women today tend to live longer and are traditionally healthier than men. Then again, although they visit the doctor twice as often, the anatomy and chemical makeup of women also induce many diseases including;
- Menstrual Problems. When something goes wrong with the menstrual flow, it causes symptoms such as Amenorrhea or absent periods, Dysmenorrhea or painful periods and Menorrhagia or heavy periods.
- Breast/Cervical/Ovarian Cancer. About 1 in 20 women will develop breast cancer, but when detected early, it’s highly curable. Cervical cancer results from the infection of cervix and this can be detected through a Pap smear (every 3 years). Ovarian cancer is the deadliest type of cancer and prevention is the only way to avoid it.
- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). Women’s anatomy makes it easier for bacteria to travel from the vagina or anus, causing infection. Women should wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from entering. Drinking plenty of water is also very important.
- Osteoporosis. This bone condition is characterized by rapid loss of bone density, one of the main complications of menopause. Eating calcium-rich food starting in childhood and getting some light weight-bearing exercise is necessary for prevention and developing bone mass.
Whether you are a man or a woman, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and know your particular risk factors. See a doctor regularly. Prevention and early detection will save you both worry and money.