From weak erections to buns and shaving … common male health myths broken
THE pandemic has made us more concerned about our general health than we could have been before.
Many people have avoided going to their GP in the past 12 months due to fears of Covid, and have instead turned to Dr Google for any health concerns.
But that could cause problems, as there is a plethora of health misinformation online – and a plethora of myths.
With misconceptions about health often playing in the minds of men across the UK, which are the most common and is there any truth to it?
Navin Khosla, Superintendent Pharmacist at FROM MARS debunked some of the most popular men’s health myths and sorted fact from fiction – advising you when you should go to your GP.
1. Weak erections are not caused by erectile dysfunction
Each year, more than 68,600 men search for the term “weaker erections are not a sign of erectile dysfunction”.
Navin said that if you have weaker erections, it might not be due to erectile dysfunction.
He explained, “Weaker erections are more common in older men and can be caused by many health conditions such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.
“By simply changing your lifestyle by reducing your alcohol intake and being more active, you should start to have stronger erections.”
2. Buns cause hair loss
For some guys, asking your partner to cut your hair while in confinement just wasn’t an option.
Cue updos and men’s hats to hide overgrown manes.
But neither causes hair loss, despite more than 52,000 men searching for “can updos and hats cause hair loss”.
Navin said: “Your hair is perfectly happy to be covered in a hat, and there is no connection between putting on your hat and going bald.
“You may have read that repeated rubbing against your scalp will cause a bare spot, but for that to happen you have to wear a hat so tight that it would be seriously uncomfortable.
“If so, you probably just need a new hat.”
3. Shaving makes hair grow
At a certain age, many men start to look for ways to strengthen their hair.
If this sounds like you, you are not alone because every year 68,400 men look for it.
Some will try anything to thicken their barnet, including shaving it …
But there’s no medical evidence to prove that it makes your hair thicker, Navin said.
He explained, “Men often desire thicker hair because more often than not it can lower your risk of hair loss.
“If you have noticed a change in your hair, whether you are losing it on your head or growing more on your face, there are many reasons for this, including the side effects of medication, so have no fear. tell your GP about it. “
4. Men can’t get breast cancer
Although it is not as common in men as in women, men can still get breast cancer.
In the UK, around 350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, compared to 55,000 cases in women.
In the UK, only one percent – around one in 100 – of breast cancer affects men.
Navin said: “It’s much rarer than other forms of cancer in men, but breast cancer often affects people over the age of 60.
“It is important to look for symptoms such as lumps or discharge from the nipples and to talk to your GP if you experience any of these symptoms or notice any changes.”
5. You need protein immediately after training
The rise of gym culture and the popularity of fitness influencers on Instagram means many of us are bombarded with shredded guys sipping a shake, often topless.
More than 51,000 men seek him out each year.
While protein is a great food group and can help reduce your pain after a workout, Navin said the best way to get it is to eat it gradually throughout the day.
He said, “Lean protein, fish and poultry are particularly good sources of protein that you should try to incorporate into your diet.
“Protein supplements are also an option, but remember, they are there to add protein to your regular intake, rather than replacing it entirely.
“That said, there is a small window of time of around 20 minutes after a long workout where recovery drinks can be of great benefit in helping repair, recovery, and building new muscle.”
Kavin said these drinks should be a combination of protein and carbohydrate, with three or four parts of carbohydrate for each part of protein, with ten to twenty grams of protein in total.
6. Peeing a lot means you’re getting older
We’ve all been there. You are outside and suddenly you have an overwhelming urge to urinate.
If this is you, then you are not alone because every year 41,000 men are looking for this.
Navin said as you get older, and especially after 60, you may be going to the bathroom more often.
He explained, “The older we get, the less our body produces a hormone that helps us retain fluids. So from this point of view, the myth seems to be true.
“However, there are many other reasons why you might urinate more often, and any discomfort during this operation should always be investigated.
“For example, you might have bladder irritation due to a urinary tract infection, the presence of bladder stones or abnormal growths.”
7. Men can’t have postpartum depression
Navin said this is not true and that men can also experience postnatal depression after their child is born.
He said: “There are many reasons why new dads can become depressed because the dynamics of their relationship with their partner will have changed a lot.
“For example, increased financial pressure, lack of sleep, and worry about the child’s well-being and future are all reasons a new father may feel depressed.
“Dads can also feel guilty about the mother as she recovers from childbirth and breastfeeds the child.”
8. All men snore
Navin said there’s a common misconception that being male means you’ll snore while you sleep.
The expert says that is wrong and that there is no connection between being a man and snoring.
He said: “Snoring is usually caused by a partial blockage of your airways while you are sleeping.
“There is an increased risk of snoring if you are overweight or sleep on your back, as this can put extra pressure on your airways.
“You can try changing your sleeping position to sleep on your side, invest in a more supportive pillow to keep your airways open, or try to lose weight if you are overweight.”
He added that there are several other things you can do to help stop snoring, such as avoiding alcohol and cigarettes, and not taking sleeping pills.
“If you experience sudden gasps or choking noises during the night and regularly feel drowsy during the day, you may have sleep apnea.
“In this case, it is important to check with your doctor if you need treatment, as it can be a serious illness if not properly treated,” he said.