Men's diseases include not only gender-specific problems such as prostate problems or erectile dysfunction. Also liver diseases and certain cancers belong to so-called men diseases, which affect men significantly more often than women. Men typical are also cardiovascular diseases. These types of male diseases are not only particularly common, but also at a relatively young age.
Monks live longer
Men influence the development of these diseases through their ways of life and behavior. This is shown by the so-called monastery study: Monks, shielded from external influences, have approximately the same life expectancy as nuns. In the rest of the world, on the other hand, male representatives have to settle for something less than five years old.
Heart problems and heart attack
Cardiovascular disease causes almost twice as many absenteeism days (5.8 percent) in men as it does in women (3.3 percent). Many men gradually gain weight from the age of 30. If the number of obese people in the 18 to 29-year-olds is still below 30 percent, the proportion rises to 45 percent in the next ten years! At the age of 59, more than every second man clearly has too much on his back. Men of this age with the typical life rings are particularly at risk.
While female hormones protect women from heart problems at a young age, the risk to men is constantly increasing with every kilo: "In men between the ages of 45 and 49, heart attacks are the leading cause of death, " says health economist Martin Kordt.
Men's Diseases: Prostate and lungs often affected
Not only is lung cancer extremely dangerous, it also affects almost twice as many men as women. Between 50 and 75 years he is the leading cause of death in the strong sex. Not only do men smoke more often than women, they also go to the doctor much less frequently. The prostate and colorectal cancer screening take many men on the light shoulder. Only one out of four regularly has the tests recommended for colorectal cancer and prostate cancer.
"Most men use the prevention too little, they only go to the doctor when serious symptoms appear, " says psychologist Frank Meiners. Serious consequence: Many cancers are recognized too late. Prostate problems are also a topic that men do not like to talk about - although the number of new cases is estimated to be more than 45, 000 cases per year.
Men's diseases: alcohol and accidents
When stress and problems many men to cigarette, but also to alcohol. Frightening: Between 40 and 45 years, alcoholic liver disease is the leading cause of death. In many cases, men are also involved in accidents - at work, in traffic and in their spare time. Overall, nonspecific injuries cause almost twice as many absentee days in men as women.
There are also dislocations such as the ankle or knee joint (40 or 55 percent more sick days) and fractures of the hands, feet and shoulder area (up to 70 percent more).
Erectile dysfunction in men
They are often warning signs of the body and the psyche: The causes are in addition to heavy tobacco and obesity, stress or depression into consideration. Conversely, a potency disorder may be a first indication of a previously unrecognized disease, such as diabetes, cancer or coronary heart disease.
Men with so-called erectile dysfunction are also in a vicious circle: Often, the fear of their own failure amplifies the problem, the symptoms continue to increase - and thus the uncertainty. Again, many men shy away from going to the doctor: On average, they wait around 1.5 years with the doctor's visit. This can have consequences, especially if the disorder is an expression of another serious illness.