Posted December 08, 2018 11:57:10As the men-health community grows, it has been called on to address the increasing numbers of deaths linked to the menopause and its effects on life expectancy and health.
The menopausal state, caused by the loss of a healthy immune system, is increasingly a problem in men over 60.
The latest statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) show the death rate in Australia has increased by over half since 1980, with women at the highest risk.
Men’s health Watch has compiled a list of men’s safety tips, tips for men to watch out for and some of the best men’s healthcare information.
Read moreThe first step in addressing the problem is to identify men at high risk of contracting meningococcal disease.
Men and their families are also at risk of infection, especially in young, healthy men.
“A good men’s watch is essential to prevent meningoccal disease and to protect the men and their family,” Dr Chris O’Reilly from Men’s Health Watch said.
“It’s very important to check your body regularly and take precautions if you have symptoms.”
“Men are at risk for many other infections such as HIV and hepatitis, as well as many types of cancer, which can be prevented by regular medical checks.”
He also advised men to avoid any contact with anyone under the age of 40 who has been sick, and avoid contact with children.
“If you’re looking for information on meningos, it’s best to get medical advice for yourself and seek professional advice from your GP.”
Be careful not to get too close to anyone you don’t know and if you suspect that someone is at risk, call the police.
“Read moreMen can protect themselves from meningoses by taking vitamin C supplements and avoiding alcohol and tobacco.”
Vitamin C is vital to protect against meningovirus and other meningose-associated infections,” Dr O’Brien said.
The vitamin C supplement is given in the form of capsules and can be purchased over the counter in pharmacies.”
Men can use vitamin C to improve their immune function and reduce their risk of catching meningogen infection,” he said.
Men can also get vitamin D from sun exposure, which helps protect against the disease.”
In men over the age 18, a small amount of vitamin D3 is a very important protective factor against meningoencephalitis,” Dr. O’Boyle said.
If you or anyone you know needs help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au.
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