The Medical Screenings All Men Need, and When

No matter how fast medicine moves us towards treatments, preventive medicine will always be the most effective and cheapest way to keep healthy. Yesterday, we went over the most common screenings for women. Today we’ll look at men’s health screenings, when you should get them, and what kind of experience you’re in for.

Source: The Medical Screenings All Men Need, and When

Curious to know about colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy preparation?

64oz to be drunk in 8oz servings every 15 mins – wasn’t awful tasting…similar to warm, flat, weak Gatorade.

As you’d expect, you’ll start with solid poop, then brown liquid to clear liquid.

What you don’t expect is the velocity which it shoots out of your butthole – near the end, I felt like I was jet propelled. It’s like your anus is blowing its nose FORCEFULLY.

I also didn’t expect how sore my butthole would feel afterwards. If you’ve had stomach flu where all you did was poop, you’ll have an idea how raw it felt.

Study: Overweight Men Just as Likely as Overweight Women to Face Discrimination

Men who are overweight are just as likely as overweight women to experience interpersonal discrimination when applying for a job or shopping at retail stores, according to new research from Rice University and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC).

Source: Overweight men just as likely as overweight women to face discrimination

The study doesn’t actually focus on weight, but the appearance of weight. They used the same set of men in all of the their tests. They just added prosthetics (fat suits) to make them look fat for some scenarios.  There’s a reason you’ll never see overweight business models, but it’s a fact that being overweight will never allow you to look as well put together and professional as being in shape.

While the article/study doesn’t mention is insurance.  Health insurance will cost more for those with health issues – that’s just how the system works.  But health insurance isn’t going to stop someone from getting hired.

For Young Men, Eating Disorders Aren’t Always So Obvious

When Nate Nahmias was 16, he decided that he wanted to get fit.

A math- and science-oriented kid, he applied his analytical know-how to his workout regimen and diet. He meticulously planned each lift and run, and ensured every single calorie he consumed was accounted for. But he had a hard time keeping track of it all himself, so he asked his mother to set up an appointment with a dietitian. “I thought that maybe the dietitian would have some tools to help me stay on track with what I wanted,” Nahmias, now 25, tells Yahoo Health. “I thought she would applaud me for all of my hard work and strict diet.

Source: For Young Men, Eating Disorders Aren’t Always So Obvious

I have a very clear distaste for the thinking that things are distinct to a particular gender.

I’ve certainly known proactive guys with body issues who got into weights to attain the physique they idealize.  I figure that some likely would meet the criteria of having an eating disorder, but the behaviour got addressed as they came to learn about nutrition.  For me, before nutrition it was the fact I’d “reward” myself and eat back all the gains I’d made.  Similar goals, it’s about finding what works best for ourselves in order to make progress.

Want To Avoid Erectile Dysfunction? Try Getting Regular Exercise

Just once I wish the advice wasn’t “eat better”, or “exercise more” 😉

A number of studies have suggested that physically active men have lower rates of erectile dysfunction than couch potatoes, but all of them relied on people being honest about the amount they exercised. A new study published by the Journal of Sexual Medicine checked those results by measuring how much their subjects actually moved.

Source: Want To Avoid Erectile Dysfunction? Try Getting Regular Exercise

30 min each day for a 43% reduction is pretty substantial!

Study: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Increases Longevity In Men

Older men whose low testosterone is restored to normal through gels, patches, or injections have a lower risk of heart attack, stroke, or death from any cause, compared to men who are not treated, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found.

Source: Testosterone replacement therapy may help men live longer

It wasn’t that long ago that I posted an article about the experimental treatment of administering testosterone.  The sample size and number of years is impressive – this isn’t a case of 100 or less being sampled.  What I have not been able to find is what the “acceptable level” is…

I, and I’m sure most medical professionals would agree, suggest pursuing natural means of raising testosterone levels before going for medication.

Yes, Men Gain Weight When They Become Dads, Study Confirms

Dad bod is real. Science says so.

Men who become fathers experience weight gain and an increase in body mass index, a measurement of body fat based on height and weight, according to a new, large-scale study that tracked more than 10,000 men over a 20-year period. Men who didn’t become dads actually lost weight over the same time period.

Source: Yes, men gain weight when they become dads, study confirms

Sleep deprivation, stress, convenience eating, feeling you don’t have to work as hard to find a mate…

Men Who are Bad at Video Games More Likely to Show Hostility to Women

If you’re a man who is crap at games, like me, then you are significantly more likely to be a dick to any women who rock up and start playing games alongside you. That’s according to a study published on PLOS ONE that sought to test the hypothesis that “female-initiated disruption of a male hierarchy incites hostile behaviour from poor performing males who stand to lose the most status.”

Source: The worse you are at games, the more likely you are to be hostile to women, says one study

I don’t think video games are intrinsic to this for the reason most would think.  Any online game, where people can be set against others, would illicit the response.  The likelihood is higher for games that support more than two players (chess, checkers, etc), but will happen all the same.  Online game play provides more random sampling, otherwise you’re playing people who are acquaintances or known by acquaintances.

I’m curious to see how low ranked/poor players deal with other known trigger groups – various minorities, etc.

Mortality Gap: Why Women Live Longer than Men

In every single country on the planet, women live longer than men. In response to this unpleasant fact, men are fond of replying, “That’s because we have to put up with women.” Humorous though it may be, that’s not the actual reason women live longer than men. In fact, it wasn’t until the beginning of the 20th Century that the “mortality gap” between men and women became so striking.

To investigate the underlying reason for the gender gap in life expectancy, a team of researchers examined mortality data for people born between 1800 and 1935 in 13 developed countries. Using this data, they were able to determine changes in the male-female mortality ratio, as well as determine when and why women began to outlive men.

Source: Mortality Gap: Why Women Live Longer than Men

The over 40 sample is great because it eliminates the two biggest gender specific dangers – childbirth and war.  I would really like to see a study comparing the life spans of childless women, compared to those with children.  One advantage of pregnancy prior to age 30 is a reduced risk of breast cancer.  But pregnancy increases risk for osteoporosis associated complications.

New Study, Also Everyone You Know: Dudes Lie When They Feel Weak

Dudes like to feel like dudes, and some would argue, they need to feel like dudes—or else. So the surest route to provoking a certain sort of dude to dude out is to question his dudeness in any way. It’s a truth as old as time and as obvious as its passing, but now, a very validating study has backed up the truth of dude overcompensation in a fairly hilarious way.

Source: New Study, Also Everyone You Know: Dudes Lie When They Feel Weak

The cultural implications are interesting…  However, I wonder how much of this is an instance of statistical significance vs. colloquial significance.

Consider this: an average increase of 3/4’s of an inch could be a large proportion of men simply rounding up (I’ll be honest, I don’t remember my exact height off hand, so I’m sure I’ve done that), or a small proportion of men greatly exaggerating their height.

One would tell us something about men, as a group. The other would tell us something about a particular kind of masculinity. They’re both looking into, obviously.

Fit Middle-Aged Men: Lower Risk for Some Cancers

Very fit men in their late 40s are less likely to get lung cancer and colorectal cancer than unfit men, a study in JAMA Oncology suggests.

Their high fitness levels also appear to increase their chances of surviving cancer if they are diagnosed later on.

University of Vermont researchers said even small improvements in fitness could help to reduce cancer risk.

Source: Fit middle-aged men ‘at lower risk for some cancers’

Prostate cancer gets a mention that fitness didn’t prevent so much, but in every case there’s a belief that fit men are more likely to be testing often if at all to catch things as early as possible.

It’s well known that people in better shape do better.  What’s “better”?  Low body fat, endurance, and a good diet are the best indicators of being “healthy”.  You can always get a work-up to determine blood pressure, cholesterol, and any vitamin deficiencies. It’s entirely possible to be in good shape physically, and yet be very unhealthy. People in better shape, with stronger immune systems, get higher doses of chemotherapy because they can tolerate the side effects better.  The higher the dose you can tolerate, the better the treatment outcome (generally) because you’re more likely to kill more cancer cells.

FYI: The recommendation for a hereditary history of colon cancer is generally to get a colonoscopy every 1-2 years, starting at 10 years before youngest case in the family.