Let’s face it men and women each bare the burden of different bodily functions and issues. Women have to deal with menstruation and childbirth while men have their own host of body problems. While not all the body problems outlined below are always uniquely male – they are predominantly male and warrant noting. Let’s take a look:
Back Hair and Unibrows
Testosterone, the predominantly male hormone, is what causes men to have more body hair than women. The high levels of testosterone are responsible for back hair and unibrows. Most men have a lot of body hair, its normal. Men who wish to have a hairless back or two distinct brows can remove the excess hairs by waxing, hair removal creams, or simply shaving. Laser hair removal offers a more permanent solution by either thinning the growth or removing the hair totally.
Aging men tend to gain weight, often bulging across their middle. An expanding waistline of over 40 inches can increase the risk of heart disease. Proper diet and exercise can help reduce the weight and along with it the risk for associated health problems.
Men sweat more than women, but disproportionate sweating, called hyperhidrosis, usually affects men in the armpits, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet. Treatments such as botox may be available to help you stay dry.
Small red bumps sometimes appear after shaving. These bumps, called pseudofolliculitis barbae, form when hairs curl back into themselves and grow into the skin, also referred to as “in-grown hairs”. To minimize bumps, soften hairs before shaving by wetting the face with warm to hot water. Then try shaving in the direction the beard grows, and holding a cold wet cloth against your face after shaving.
Many men begin to notice their hair thinning and receding hairlines in their 30s. This typically is called male pattern baldness. Prescription medications and surgical hair restoration are two popular treatment options.
More common in men than women, about 1 in 10 men are affected. Being color blind means an inability to distinguish red and green colors. Being color blind is a lifelong condition but most men learn to adjust without much difficulty.
Another ailment that affects more men than women; about 44% of men. Snoring can be affected by the position in which you sleep, medications, alcohol intake, or underlying medical conditions. Snoring is also a sign of sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder, in which the sufferer stops breathing for brief periods during their sleep.
Burping and Farting. Burping is caused by the body expelling excess air swallowed when eating. If burping is frequent and accompanied by nausea or abdominal pain consult your doctor, it may be a sign of a more serious digestive disorder. Farting results from passing intestinal gas. Eating foods high in fiber can cause gas, as well as drinking carbonated beverages. Those who are lactose intolerant may have more gas when consuming dairy products.
By age 40 nearly 40% of all men have experienced some kind of sexual dysfunction including decreased libido, premature ejaculation, or an inability to get or maintain an erection. For many men this is an occasional problem that may be helped with a natural male enhancement pill. Men with serious health issues like hypertension and heart disease should consult with their physician.