According to the Harvard Medical School, the average man pays less attention to his health than the average woman. 

While men can be afflicted with conditions that can affect anyone – heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, depression, and stress – they are also faced with unique diseases such as prostate cancer and benign prostate enlargement. 

The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) encourages men to be more proactive about their health and recommends monthly testicular self-examinations, annual medical check-ups and cancer screenings as symptoms do not always appear until the cancer has spread. CANSA also urges men to reduce the risk of cancer by leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle. 

Looking at diabetes as a disease to manage, Healthline warns that if undetected and not controlled, Type 2 Diabetes can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and can also lead to problems with your eyes, kidneys and skin, among others. Furthermore, it can lead to urological problems. Diabetes SA notes that men who have diabetes can develop erectile dysfunction 10 – 15 years earlier than those who do not suffer from diabetes.

The good news is that many of the diseases can be prevented by following a healthy lifestyle which involves:
– Not smoking
– Regular exercise
– Stress reduction
– Moderate use of alcohol
– A healthy diet
– Regular check-ups and screenings

Whether it is diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions, prostate cancer or stress, Link’s “good health” message is for men to go against the trend and not be the “average” man identified by the Harvard Medical School – rather, watch your health, get screened and go for your check- up.

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