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Let's be Frank - Address Common Health Problems

Have the Guts..to lose the guts
  ..and reduce your major risk factor for chronic disease

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66% of Australian adult men are overweight or obese. Overweight men have greater overall health risks than overweight women, particularly during middle age. Men are more likely to carry excess weight around their abdomen (central obesity) which is riskier than weight around the hips and thighs.  The good news is that by losing a small amount of weight you can experience significant health and well-being benefits. Find out some simple tips to get you started on your path to a healthier you!
Prevent type 2 diabetes. Contact the Centre for a free pedometer (menshealth@adelaide.edu.au)


Talk the Talk

Talk the talk.. Busy GP's still have time to listen. Discuss all symptoms and worries.

There is a myth that men don't visit their doctor. In fact most men have visited a doctor in the last twelve months.What is true is that men have shorter consultations with their GP and tend to see their GP later in the course of their illness. Men are also less likely than women to discuss issues such as anxiety and depression and sexual dysfunction. Busy GPs still have time listen so discuss all symptoms and worries.


Chronic snoring

Ain't no sleeping beauty.. Chronic snoring may be telling you something about your heart health.

Many men are unaware that they have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). OSA may be an early warning sign of heart disease or other chronic health problems such as diabetes, erectile dysfunction, nocturia (passing urine at night), and depression and anxiety. It also puts you at risk of excessive daytime sleepiness, impaired mental functioning and having a motor vehicle accident. If you 1. snore loudly 2. feel tired or sleepy in the day 3. have been told you stop breathing in your sleep 4. have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or 5. have a neck circumference of 43cm or more- then ask your doctor about undergoing a sleep test. Weight loss will go a long way to reducing your risk.


Men, ... this stool has been tested, has yours?

Men, ... this stool has been tested, has yours?
Early detection of bowel cancer saves lives

Bowel Cancer is one of Australia's most common cancers. A home test or FOBT can detect blood in your stool (bowel motion) which can be a sign of early bowel cancer. Despite being at greater risk, men over the age of 50 are notoriously worse than women in taking the test. The test is simple and hygienic and can be completed in the privacy of your own home. Bowel cancer can develop with few, if any, early warning signs. Therefore it is important to think about using the test even if you do not have any symptoms. If detected early, bowel cancer is one of the most curable cancers. Useful links: Cancer council Australia http://bowelcancer.org.au/


    Look for the warning signs           

Look for the warning signs.Erectile dysfunction may be a warning of other health problems   

Erectile dysfunction and lack of sexual desire among Australian men aged 35-80 years is common (31%). Sexual relations are not only an important part of people's well-being, but erectile dysfunction can be a very serious issue because it may be a marker of underlying cardiovascular disease, and it often occurs before heart conditions become apparent. The major risk factors are being overweight, a high level of alcohol intake, having sleeping difficulties or obstructive sleep apnoea, and age. The good news is that erectile function may be improved by weight loss and a healthy diet, exercise, drinking less alcohol and by a better night's sleep. When medication to help with erectile function is required, it is likely to be considerably more effective if lifestyle factors are also addressed.


Its not OK to wee in the wee hours

Its not OK to wee in the wee hours....Get on top of common urinary problems through a healthier lifestyle.

Nocturia, or regularly getting up more than once a night to urinate, is one sign of "overactive bladder syndrome (OAB)". 1 in 5 Australian men aged 40 have OAB. Symptoms have historically been thought to relate to the prostate, but they may have more to do with factors outside of the bladder and prostate such as sleep apnoea, depression or anxiety, obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, with OAB symptoms generally appearing earlier than symptoms associated with these other serious conditions. Research shows that men are more willing to address OAB if prompted by their GP, so discuss nocturia with your doctor.


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