It’s time to recognize and honour the contributions and sacrifices that a man makes for his family and society …
19th November was International Men’s Day. While we are all aware of the International Women’s Day, many of us don’t know that there is a day dedicated to men as well. This day is celebrated globally and raises awareness against mental health. This day first came into existence in the year 1999 to celebrate men and the efforts they put in for their family, children, work and society. Also, this day creates a conscious effort to talk about the mental health of men. The day also inspires men to teach the boys in their lives, values for life, responsibilities and character that make a man.
This day helps men to embrace their mental health issues, and instead to taking drastic steps encourages them to take positive steps.
There are 6 prominent pillars of the International Men’s Day (IMD). These pillars aim at tackling the problems which men face. These are:
- Promote positive male role models
- Celebrate men’s positive contributions
- Focus on men’s health and well being
- Highlight discrimination against males
- Improve gender relations and gender equality
- Create a safer, better world
Men also suffer from certain diseases more than women. These are based on their eating habits, work environment, social life and not to forget the stress they suffer on a daily basis.
Prostate Cancer affects men. Usually, the older men are affected but with changing lifestyles men at and above 40 are at a risk of developing this cancer. Since the disease progresses slowly, most men suffering from the disease remain undiagnosed. The disease can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle. Also, as preventive measures when men hit 40 they should get an ultrasound and a test for Prostate-specific antigen (PSA).
Hypertension poses a greater risk for men than in women. Again the risk increases at and after the age of 45, tough even younger men can be affected. Main causes which lead to hypertension are stress, inactive and sedentary lifestyle, diet and family history. From time to time a cholesterol level check is a must. The disease can be prevented by following a healthy lifestyle with a healthy low-calorie diet along with exercises.
Lung Diseases are common in men who smoke and drink. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is common in men who smoke. This condition blocks the airflow and interferes with the normal breathing. It is believed that almost 80-90% of deaths by COPD are due to smoking. Also, men who smoke are 12 times more at a risk of dying from COPD when compared with the men who don’t smoke. The disease can be prevented by not smoking directly or passively.
Men are at a greater risk of getting Oral Cancer since they chew tobacco. Oral cancer usually involves the tissue and the areas of the mouth and the throat. It can also occur on the tongue, in the tonsils and gums and around the mouth. The risk is higher in men who smoke tobacco, cigarettes, cigars, chew tobacco and drink alcohol. The risk manifolds in men who smoke and drink both.
I dedicate this post to the men in my life who in their own ways make a difference in my life. I wish them a healthy and stress-free life and request them to take care of themselves in a similar manner as they take care of their family.