GIVEN it's Movember, I figured it was about time we heard from one of the boys!I've invited Benny No Balls to hijack my column this week and tell you all the things cancer makes HIM say.Enter the stage, Mr Ben Bowers...So, I'm sitting here, 23 days into growing my moustache for Movember, reflecting not only on the last three weeks but also the last 11 years.That's how long I've been living with cancer.I'm reminded, once again, that I simply cannot grow a decent moustache in three weeks, but am vowing to push on despite the embarrassment - all in the name of men's health.The name of this column is apt - after 11 years and two cancer diagnoses, enduring the mental and physical effects of the disease, I've got quite a bit to say.For a start, having had testicular cancer, I now say testicles more now than ever before (when I still had two).I describe myself as a "flat bagger", sans bollocks or simply Benny No Nuts.These are not nicknames I grew up using.Along with many other cancer … [Read more...] about Men’s health issues ain’t just for Movember, they’re for LIFE! Let’s all vow to do our bit to stop men dying too young
Mens health week
PORN addiction is a serious condition which can ruin lives, destroy relationships and cause physical injury.As Sexual Health Week 2017 approaches, we take a closer look at how pornography addiction develops and how it can be treated.It is a condition in which an individual has an unhealthy relationship with sexually graphic and explicit materials.These can include magazines, books, videos, movies, graphic novels, and other formats that show sexual acts and/or sexualised images.Like any addiction, the addict’s behaviour will be kept secret, with them going to great lengths to keep their habit a secret. Like any addiction, porn addiction is down to naturally occurring chemicals in the brain which are released as porn is consumed.Addiction centre Castle Craig Hospital says: “When an individual artificially overstimulates the release of these chemicals through the use of drugs, alcohol, sex, porn, or any other stimulus, the body develops a tolerance of and expectation for those … [Read more...] about Sexual Health Week 2017 – what are the symptoms and definition of porn addiction and how can you get treatment?
MEN'S health is a subject that often flies under the radar - especially as they are less likely to visit a doctor.This week is International Men's Health week, which aims to provide healthcare advice and information to men all around the globe.This year's focus is all about belly fat, what you can do to prevent is and what it can do to your health.The Men's Health Forum is encouraging men to get their waistlines in check to reduce their risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and premature death - all of which can be cause by carry excess fat around your tummy.Bulging waistlines aside, there are a range of other reasons men are more likely to die before women.Women have two X chromosomes, which provides them with a back-up if a mutation occurs.However, men do not have that luxury – they only have one X chromosome to express all their genes.Therefore men are more susceptible to genetic disorders.In the UK, men in general are … [Read more...] about From lightning strikes to suicide… The 7 reasons why men are more likely to die before women
DANCER Louie Spence admitted he was "incensed" at Piers Morgan's "man up" attitude to mental health illnesses after lifting the lid on his own struggles with depression and anxiety.The performer hit out at the Good Morning Britain presenter after he claimed some celebrities including Madonna and Kim Kardashian compete "to play the biggest victim" of mental disorders.Yesterday, Piers infuriated viewers of the ITV breakfast programme when he suggested some sufferers should take their illness on the chin, prompting telly fans to blast his opinions as "evil" and "abhorrent."Louie, 48, told today's Lorraine show: "He incensed me by saying man up."It's men like him who aren't giving people the opportunity to say 'look, I'm suffering from depression.'"He added: "They will go back and say 'I have to man up' - those people are statistics of suicide."I appreciate everyone has an opinion."But this is Mental Health Week, it's about talking."Louie then quipped: "Man up … [Read more...] about Louie Spence hits out at Piers Morgan’s ‘man up’ attitude to mental health after opening up on anxiety and depression battle
German men have lost ground in comparison to women in several important areas like health and education, according to studies from recent years including the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the KiGGS Study of Youth Health in Germany. German men face a greater risk of heart disease, have a life expectancy five years lower, and commit suicide at a rate nearly three times that of women. Young men may also struggle more than women in the German education system. Well over the majority of dropouts in Germany are young men, and girls now earn nearly 60 percent of the high school diplomas, or Abitur, conferred in the country. The Abitur is the highest degree available in German schools and allows students to begin a university education. Men's unmet needs Men are often reluctant to get help for their problems, says Matthias Franz These facts are unsurprising to teacher Ingrid Sumpter, who currently works in an all-boys German high school. "I think that lesson … [Read more...] about German men fall behind women in key benchmarks
The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently testing a hormonal birth control pill for men. Michael Zitzman, who is heading the study, told Deutsche Welle that it will likely be available to the public in 2012 at the earliest. Deutsche Welle: Mr. Zitzman, would you take the pill for men yourself? Prof. Michael Zitzman: Yes, of course. Why is everyone making such a big deal about this pill for men when it isn't even a pill? It's kind of like a product name, because the pill for women is so well known. There's never been an oral pill for men that can bring the same result as it does for women. Men have had to use shots, implants, and gels that are applied on the skin. Michael Zitzmann heads the WHO study So how does the pill for men actually work? With this hormonal form of contraception for men, natural testosterone is applied together with gestagen, which is a precursor of testosterone. The goal is to completely suppress … [Read more...] about Birth control pill for men could be available soon, says WHO
The two Italians and a Canadian citizen kidnapped in Ghat, in southern Libya in September were freed unharmed and brought to Italy early Saturday, authorities said. Italian prosecutors questioned the men for hours Saturday, seeking more information about possible terrorist involvement. The two Italians were seen getting into cars after the questioning. "Today is a moment of relief and joy that I would like to share with the families of our technicians," Italian Premier Matteo Renzi said, expressing special thanks to Libyan authorities and security forces. Italian authorities said the intelligence services of Libya, Italy and Canada cooperated in securing the release of the three men after nearly seven weeks of captivity. Airport construction technicians Italians Danilo Calonego and Bruno Cacace and Canadian Frank Poccia were working as technicians on an airport construction assignment on September 19 when armed, masked men blocked … [Read more...] about Two Italians and a Canadian freed from Libyan kidnappers after seven weeks
Indian Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights groups across India have condemned Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad's comments earlier this week, when he said at an HIV/AIDS forum that men having sex with men was "unnatural" and a "disease" imported into India that must now be dealt with. Amid the massive uproar, Azad was quick to recant his comments: "Some people have played with the words. I have been quoted out of context," he said at a hastily convened press conference. "My reference was to HIV as a disease. As health minister, I know that (male homosexual sex) is not a disease." Damage done HIV/AIDS activists said Azad's comments were not at all helpful in preventing disease But the damage had already been done. "I feel extremely let down by the health minister’s comments," said Manohar Lal, a gay activist. "Even the UN makes it amply clear that it's a violation to discriminate based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. What is scary is … [Read more...] about Indian gay rights activists slam health minister
Amid growing fears and increasing numbers of people infected by the mosquito-transmitted virus Zika, the World Health Organization (WHO) delivered a positive forecast for the Rio Summer Games on Friday. "Brazil is going to have a fantastic Olympics, and it's going to be a successful Olympics. And the world is going to go there," Bruce Aylward, a senior official of WHO's Zika response team, said at a news conference. "I just wish I was going there, but there's not going to be a lot of problems there by then, so I'll be somewhere else," he told reporters, adding that the mosquito population is expected to drop off in Rio by the start of the games. He noted that the Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro were located in a relatively confined area, which makes it easier to control the local mosquito population. Aylward also said there is a "probability" that the Zika virus will have "gone through" a large portion of the country's population by then, so many Brazilians might have developed … [Read more...] about UN health agency predicts Zika threat will be ‘way down’ before Brazil’s Olympic Games
Four men. All around the same age. Musicians and actors, celebrities. Dead. Is there a lesson in this story for the rest of us? It started with Lemmy Kilmister. When Lemmy died in late December, just days after learning he had an "aggressive" form of cancer - tumors in the brain and neck - it didn't come as the biggest surprise to hear he was gone. Sad as it was. The Motörhead front man had had a 50 year history of living in the rock 'n' roll fastlane. An almost constant flow of whisky fuelled his day, and then there were the amphetamines. Lemmy also suffered from hypertension and was known to take medication for diabetes. He had just turned 70. Then about a week later David Bowie died after an 18 month battle with liver cancer. Bowie had also had a history of drug and alcohol addiction, but was long sober. He had just turned 69. Five days later, Alan Rickman, the Die Hard, Robin Hood and Harry Potter actor, died from pancreatic cancer. In February, Rickman would have turned 70. … [Read more...] about The dead men: should I worry if I’m a male in my late 60s?