Carlow Nationalist – Men’s Health Week
Pharmacist Denis O’Driscoll and comedian PJ Gallagher call on men in Ireland to make their health a priority
By Elizabeth Lee
As Men’s Health Week approaches on June 14, Lloyd’s Pharmacy and PJ Gallagher are calling on the men of Carlow to make their health a priority and to see a healthcare professional whenever they have a problem. Research conducted by iReach on behalf of Lloyd’s Pharmacy shows that 42% of men surveyed deferred seeking advice on health issues and 41% of these men did so out of fear of finding out what was wrong. only 27% of women. As early intervention is crucial for health issues, Lloyd’s Pharmacy wants to encourage men to prioritize visiting their pharmacist or local GP when health issues arise.
Despite the list of weight, stress, blood pressure and depression as key health concerns, nearly half of men surveyed say they are not likely to contact their GP or healthcare professional if they do. have a health problem. Research by the Men’s Health Forum Ireland shows that men die, on average, up to four years younger than women, and have higher death rates than women for most of the leading causes of death. The main causes of death for men in Ireland are cardiovascular disease, cancer and respiratory disease. However, up to 80% of all heart disease can be prevented through lifestyle changes and adjusting the risk factors associated with heart disease.
45% of men who delayed seeking advice on health issues did so because of cost, Lloyd’s Pharmacy’s Men’s Health Check-up is a free service available at 90 pharmacies nationwide. The service is available for people with heart disease, erectile dysfunction (ED), diabetes, asthma, smoking cessation, sexual health, hair loss and skin conditions. The 89 pharmacies nationwide have a private treatment room where patients can have a one-on-one consultation with the pharmacist about any of these issues or get free blood pressure or BMI checks. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and regular monitoring with free checks at a local LloydsPharmacy store can help spot any problems quickly. The European Association of Urology says there is a high incidence of erectile dysfunction worldwide, with one study reporting that 52% of men between the ages of 40 and 70 suffered from erectile dysfunction and another found that one in four had never heard of any of the seven most common treatments for erectile dysfunction. Viagra Connect is now available without a prescription at all LloydsPharmacy stores.
“In healthcare, it is crucial to seek advice from a healthcare professional early on, and for some health issues, delaying engagement with healthcare services can make them incurable. That is why, during this Men’s Health Week, we want to encourage Irish men to make their health a priority and not to delay a visit to their GP or local pharmacist. Lloyd’s Pharmacy’s Men’s Checkup Service is a private, free service that can help those concerned about heart disease, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, smoking cessation, mental health, sexual health, loss of hair and skin conditions, ”Anne-Marie Walsh, The supervising pharmacist of Lloyd’s Pharmacy Tullow Street, Carlow, said. “Free blood pressure and BMI checks are also available as part of the service, so we encourage anyone with concerns in these areas to visit their local LloydsPharmacy now to speak with a pharmacist. “
Comedian and campaign ambassador PJ Gallagher said: “We all know how important our health is, especially since last year, but many men still struggle to talk about their health. I know what it’s like to talk about your health and ask for help. It can be difficult, but the benefits far outweigh the embarrassment or fear that might cause men to delay seeking help. This Men’s Health Week, with LloydsPharmacy, I’m calling on men to make their health a priority. Regular updates on LloydsPharmacy stores are available at www.lloydspharmacy.ie/ and LloydsPharmacy’s official social media channels, plus tips and advice to protect yourself and your family. For all the latest hours of operation, visit the LloydsPharmacy COVID-19 Hours of Operation page.
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