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November 21 2022
When it comes to men’s health, there’s no shortage of misinformation floating around that is commonly shared among men at work, the gym, and at family gatherings. Some of it is rooted in truth, while other claims are wildly exaggerated or simply untrue.
In this blog, we're debunking some of the most common men’s health myths to help men of all ages understand what’s going on with their bodies and take control of their wellness, fitness, and appearance.
"Testicular cancer is a young man’s disease"
The good news is that testicular cancer is one of the most curable cancers. The bad news? Research has not verified why this cancer targets young men. Testicular cancer is more common in men under 40 (peak at 35), but it can affect men of any age.
“Men can’t get breast cancer”
Women are more likely to get breast cancer, but men have breast tissue too, which can be affected by cancer. Warning signs to watch out for include a lump in the underarm area or chest, a change in breast size, and an itchy rash around the nipple area.
“Tight pants and sitting in hot tubs affect your fertility”
Studies have shown that your choice of underwear and pants has no real effect on your fertility. As long as you’re not overdoing it in the hot tub or resting your laptop on your lap for days at a time, you have nothing to worry about.
“Baldness comes from the mother’s side”
There is some truth to this - most male pattern baldness comes from genetic factors and is heavily influenced by maternal genetics. However, your paternal genetics still have an effect, as do other factors - including stress and illness.
“Eating more protein means you will gain muscle mass”
Protein alone won’t turn you into Mr Universe overnight! Protein only helps you build muscle if you are doing cardio workouts and strength training. In fact, eating too much protein can lead to weight gain, constipation and even kidney damage.
“If your doctor doesn’t mention it, your testosterone levels are fine”
When doctors take a blood test, they don’t usually check all bodily functions. But did you know, low testosterone is a normal part of ageing for men – it can lead to erectile dysfunction, slower metabolism and lower libido. Want to get checked? You can ask your doctor to check your testosterone levels as you get older.
Don’t fall for the myths. Get the facts about your health and how to maintain it. If you are concerned about anything do not hesitate to contact your local GP. Alternatively, contact the construction industry helpline for confidential support on a variety of health and well-being issues - https://www.constructionindustryhelpline.com/application.html