Healthy Living for Life – Men VS Women Health Part 3

thanks for staying with us we are
talking about the health conditions that affect women and men differently after a
discussion on stroke heart disease and cancer we are now shifting to more
general conditions that impact our health depending on our gender so thanks
for staying with us dr. Kuntzweiler Kuntzweiler let’s talk about men’s health
is life expectancy really that much less than it is with women it is it’s about
five years or so less for men than women and why is that do you think well part
of it is men have a higher rate of death from trauma especially young men more
motor vehicle accidents motorcycle accidents hunting accidents they have
more deaths associated with the work that they do in general men tend to to
do the more dangerous types of work and so that plays into it and then men tend
to die younger of cardiovascular disease heart attacks and strokes and and so the
net result of all that is that men tend to live shorter lives than women on
average okay and I understand too that men are about three times more likely to
die from suicide than women can you talk about that a little bit as that mental
health issues depression why are so many men we we think that depression rates
are probably about the same among men and women but men are more likely to act
on it and actually kill themselves and some of that has to do with gun access
and that kind of thing but it is history that men are more likely to suicide
especially middle-aged and older men and alcohol is often a factor in that as
well okay so what’s the solution there what
should men do to get help or why are they not getting help and turning to
suicide men are less likely to seek help for depression I think there are
attitudes that are in our society that men are supposed to be strong and it’s a
sign of weakness if you you know cry or you feel down you’re supposed to just
suck it up and keep going so I think if you feel that you know something’s not
right in your life you should go talk to my care provider about that and they can
do screening for depression and get you some treatment okay great so men are
higher in suicide rates but women are actually higher when it comes to
depression so maybe maybe Erin could you take that one on a little bit why do
you think women are higher in depression well I I think the incidents of
depression as Doug was saying is is fairly equal but definitely I think more
women seek out treatment for it and again probably because there’s still a
stigma about mental illness in our country and there is you know good
treatment for depression both pharmacological or medications and
counseling and I think to a lot of symptoms of depression you know we think
of the common ones you feel down or you’re having crying spells or hopeless
but a lot of a lot of times symptoms are physical so lack or inability to sleep
or sleeping too much or lack of light appetite weight gain weight loss you
know even headaches and stomachaches you know that don’t have another etiology
for so I think you know in general women seek treatment for all of those kinds of
things but I think it’s important to know that you know that the physical
manifestations may be the only ones you have and you know and encourage men and
women to seek seek treatment for those okay great thank you for that and so we
talked about that women do the longer than men are there other health
conditions or issues that affect women more than men especially as we age you
know I I think we tend to screen women more for things like osteoporosis for
example but men get osteoporosis you know just as much as women do so I think
it’s important really as opposed to separating you know to think about you
know that that we need to be looking at both genders equally with with those
kinds of diseases okay there any ones that you can
well osteoporosis I think is one of the big uns that we think of as being
exclusive to women and certainly that’s not true men you know have a lot of
trouble with their emptying their bladders as they get older and so that
leads to a variety of things that women generally don’t suffer from and I think
women have a lot of pelvic conditions because ya are different Anatomy than
that they get into it and even going back to depression and I think we have
to remember with women that they’re you know is perinatal depression postpartum
depression they can we post menopausal depression so things that are more
unique to women because of those life changes you know that men don’t have but
again back to that with pelvic issues and neurological issues with women just
because of the nature that you know you’ve given birth or whatever that’s
more unique to women as we age and I think you know we talk a lot too about
hormones with women because of menopause and some of the other things that they
go through with estrogen but there are things that men can go through with
testosterone too right health issues that happen if testosterone goes down
those kind of things yeah and there are things that actually caused by trying to
treat another condition and with prostate cancer are given drugs to
counteract testosterone then that can lead to problems osteoporosis being and
maybe we could talk a little bit more about prevention
are there different preventive I guess recommendations or guidelines when it
comes to men or women especially when we talk about vaccinations so so know in
regards to vaccinations and I’ll just go through you know the recommended ones we
recommend getting your influenza vaccination on a yearly basis we
recommend the shingles vaccination starting at age 60 and there is a new
shingles vaccination that has just come out and it is supposed to be more
effective than the previous one so that it’s recommended to get that one even if
you’ve had the previous shingles vaccination
there’s to pneumonia vaccinations starting at age 65 that men and women
should get or they should get it earlier if they have underlying diseases like
chronic lung disease or diabetes shouldn’t forget tetanus you should get
it every ten years and that has the pertussis in it also so and there’s no
real difference between recommendations from men and women as far as I know of
okay okay and we’ve talked a lot too about prevention as far as healthy
eating and not smoking and watching your alcohol intake and those kind of things
are some of those recommendations different obviously we know men are
built differently than men are built differently than women so what are some
of the recommendations there as far as exercise healthy eating I think for
women and when we start losing our bone mass in our 30s and we don’t really
start thinking when we’re thirty you know about osteoporosis one more 70s so
it’s really important even for younger women you know to have a good intake of
calcium and vitamin D and fruits and vegetables and fibers and for both men
and women in regards to physical activity we know moderate physical
activity most days of the week is a reasonable guideline to use but I would
encourage people to incorporate weight training into their physical activity
regimen for prevention of osteoporosis hopefully prevent Falls – it’s been
shown that if you carry more muscle mass into your later years you’re less likely
to be bothered with balls fractures physical activity for all of the things
we’ve talked about heart disease stroke and cancer is a good prevention for all
of them okay thank you very much you too we’re out of time so that’s all we have
for this week we hope you’ll join us again next week until then stay fit stay
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