Wednesday, June 12, 2024

The common concerns men should watch out for


From holding your infant in your arms for the first time to chasing your toddler around the playground, early parenthood is filled with experiences that make every young father feel invincible. This seismic upheaval in your life inspires you to be a better guy. Having your own mini-me or tiny princess forces you to rethink your life choices as a provider and defender of the family, so you're pursuing promotions or business initiatives while keeping mom and kids safe and happy. Dude, have you considered your health recently?

Joel A. de la Rosa, MD, from the Section of Cardiology of the leading hospital in the Philippines, MakativMedical Center (MakatiMed) emphasizes that males frequently have a terrible tendency of relegating doctor'svappointments on the back burner. "Many strong young guys delay going to the doctor until it's too late. In contrast to women who have regular gynecologist appointments, guys are just not encouraged to see a doctor regularly. However, refusing to acknowledge your present health issues and sensitivity to certain conditions can cause bigger health problems that can alter your life,” says Dr. de la Rosa.

MakatiMed underscores that one common health problem that young men should watch out for is ischemic heart disease or when the heart doesn’t get enough blood and oxygen because of the narrowing or hardening of the arteries. “It is the top killer disease in the Philippines. The risk for this disease begins developing when you’re in your 20s or 30s when most people are also exposed to chronic stress, which can lead to persistent elevation in blood pressure, commonly known as hypertension, damaging arteries, and building plaques,” explains Dr. de la Rosa.

Young dads should be vigilant against cancers affecting the lungs, liver, colon/rectum, prostate, stomach, and leukemia, as these have emerged as the most prevalent types of diagnosis for Filipino men. “Many of these cancers develop over time because of unhealthy habits like smoking, eating too much processed and fatty foods, and a lack of physical activity,” notes Dr. de la Rosa.

Type 2 diabetes is another consequence of poor lifestyle choices. “Beware of symptoms like constant thirst, constant urination, fatigue, dizziness, weight loss, and slow-healing wounds, especially for those who eat a lot of refined carbs, sugars, and saturated fat,” cautions Dr. de la Rosa.

Heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes are serious health conditions that greatly affect one’s quality of life. “These diseases eat up not only your health but also precious time with your family and your resources, too. Fortunately, it’s never too late. You can always start investing in your health today,” highlights Dr. de la Rosa.

Managing stress, living a healthier lifestyle by eating more fruits and vegetables, and spending more time exercising, as well as performing essential regular and diagnostic tests, and simply spending quality time--There are some real actions young fathers may take to improve their health.

“Dads, your kids are counting on you, from diaper changes to school runs to solving math to navigating life. Now, maintaining health is a hallmark of a great, responsible father. So, prioritize your well-being and see a doctor regularly. You owe it to that little baby who made you a better man,” emphasizes Dr. de la Rosa.

For more information, please contact MakatiMed On-Call at +632.88888 999, email, or visit Follow @IamMakatiMed on Facebook and Twitter.

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