By: Medicision MEN's Editorial Team
The Trend of Current Aussie Men's Health
First I was daughter to an intelligent and hardworking man. Then I was big sister to a remarkable brother. I happily earned the title of ‘wife’ when I married my loyal, resilient and husband. And eventually, I was graced with the blessing of three sons who shower me with love every day.
Suffice to say, I am a strong supporter of men, and understand and appreciate the vast differences to women they exhibit on a daily basis. Though as wonderful as each of the men in my life are, they have one common flaw:
they are terrible at managing their own health.
Extending my focus to include uncles and male cousins, is plain to see there is a vast distribution of treatable, manageable and chronic conditions that resides among them. Age onset diabetes, psoriasis, hair loss, a history of depression, various gut health issues, high blood pressure, constipation (for the stubborn eater who doesn’t understand the affects of food), Chron’s Disease, stomach cancer, kidney stones... and those are only the conditions I as a wife, daughter, niece, cousin am aware of.
I don’t say this lightly, and I definitely don’t use it as an attack. While most men’s focus is incredibly sharp in many areas, their ability to ‘connect the dots’ when it comes to physical and mental health, nutrition and medicinal help is always of concern to me.
Historically, due to a range of social factors, men have been the primary breadwinners in most family homes. Perhaps the inherent stubbornness of males today stems from the notion that “I have no time to waste – there is work to be done!”, with other excuses for not visiting the doctor ranging from “I am not sick, so I don’t need to go” to “I probably should see the doctor, but…” as he settles down to catch his breath after a long day at work.
Woman’s Perspective on Aussie Men's Health
As a wife and mother to three small children all close in age, I am not opposed to admitting that my husband is our primary income earner. I run my own business and contribute to the family income financially, sure. But our shared parenting philosophy dictates that our children’s emotional wellbeing comes first – which means Mummy is in high demand 24/7 and must rely on Daddy to support the family financially. And for us, this works a treat.
Until Daddy gets sick.
God forbid, Daddy gets sick.
I’ve watched my husband crawl out of bed before sunrise, coughing, spluttering, eyes squinted as he fights back a headache he’s had for two days. He gets dressed for work as I watch from beneath the child or two that has climbed into our bed in the night, desperately wishing I could convince him to call in sick and let me book him in to see the doctor. But I know he won’t give in.
“I can’t take a day off,” he says, though I know he has plenty of sick leave available.
I try to reason with him in hushed tones so as not to wake the boys.
“I’m fine. I need to keep my sick leave for when the kids get sick… or I am on my death bed.”
“Men,” I think to myself. “They don’t see the correlation between rest and recuperation, and the value of doctor’s orders and medicinal help. But then I worry that if he in fact did fall seriously ill, how would I manage raising small children and holding down a full-time job? Suffice to say, this is one of the many reasons women take control of their husband or partner’s health plan.
Why Aussie Men Dont' See the Good Doctor
A survey conducted by the American Academy of Family Physicians offered some common excuses as to why men don’t visit the doctor. 31% claimed they’d only see a doctor if they were extremely sick (sounds familiar); while 10% admitted that they are reluctant to uncover health issues. The same study revealed that men are far more likely to participate in what is considered ‘risky behaviour’, including binge drinking, smoking and a lack of health insurance.
Aussie Men Are Developing Serious Chronic Conditions
But most concerning are the high numbers of men who develop chronic conditions, as opposed to their female counterparts who have a drastically lower rate of disease. High blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and heart disease see a significant spike in males affected by these conditions – and it’s not always easy to manage if left untreated for an extended period of time.
Prostate-cancer surgeon Ash Tewari proposes that the first step to managing a man’s health is to first find ways to get them into the health-care system, and for many this means finding a doctor, specialist or online platform that is suitable to them. Once in the system, it is a matter of educating men on the importance of health management, and finding ways to help them become responsible for monitoring their own health.
A New Approach Towards Men's Health and Wellness
With the knowledge that many males will not visit a doctor willingly, Medicision Men’s fully licensed and dedicated Australian doctors are here to help. With a few clicks of the mouse, you, your partner or loved one can complete a 5-10 minute questionnaire online to determine their health condition and whether treatment is necessary. If so, they will be prescribed a personal treatment plan following a doctor’s assessment.
Patients have the right to ask questions or confirm details about prescribed treatment
plans as necessary. Once this is complete, the patient’s treatment is shipped discreetly
from Medicision Men’s partner pharmacy.
Medicision MEN's is here to help Aussie Men
Medicision Men’s online platform provided me with a starting point to encourage my
husband to manage his own health. If you’d like to find out more about how to start
your husband, father, partner or son’s health management regime, visit Medicision Men’s website to explore their services and FAQs today.