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7. Influenza and pneumonia

A healthy lifestyle and healthy body makes for a strong immune system that can fight common infections like influenza (flu). It is important to follow public health recommendations for routine immunizations to reduce the risk of contracting the flu, and its complications such as pneumonia. However, pneumonia is not limited to just viral causes. Bacterial pneumonia is ranked with influenza as one of the major causes of death in men by many researchers. Fortunately, a pneumococcal vaccine has proven effective in preventing one of the most common bacterial causes of pneumonia, Streptococcus pneumoniae.

8. Suicide

Mens sana in copore sano: a healthy mind in a healthy body

Thoughts of self harm are not normal. They should not be ignored by a man, family, or friends, and should be considered an emergency situation. Depression can become overwhelming and potentially life-threatening. Men with depression may be able to function reasonably well on a day to day basis and may be reluctant to seek help. It may take a crisis situation to finally get a man to agree to get medical, psychological, and counseling assistance.

Symptoms of depression may be subtle and arise slowly. They can include:

  • difficulty concentrating or completing projects
  • lack of energy
  • difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • change in appetite (some people stop eating while others overeat)
  • feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • excessive sadness or feelings of emptiness
  • thoughts of suicide or self harm
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/4/2014

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