Men’s Health: Ask Your Pharmacist

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Male readers, this year’s Ask Your Pharmacist Week (5th-12th November) is all about you.

The aim is to help you feel more at ease walking into a pharmacy and chatting about your health and making better use of the free professional help that is available. Ask about anything that is concerning you, from health worries, information on medication side effects or insight on long-term medical conditions. You can also ask for tips and advice on general health and wellbeing such as boosting immunity, cutting down on smoking or improving sexual health.

Leicestershire-based Mistry’s Pharmacy also offers an online pharmacy facility which is used by people across the UK. Typical men’s health issues they advise on include product recommendations for sports injuries, muscle strains and enquiries on sexual health matters such as erectile dysfunction, which requires GP-prescribed medication.

“No matter how trivial or embarrassing your concern, pharmacy teams are well-trained to offer confidential advice,” says Sanjay, one of the pharmacist’s at Mistry’s. “Pharmacists are very approachable and can guide you through any problem you may have, ensuring you leave with the right advice or product you need. There is no need to suffer alone – it’s imperative to get professional advice as soon as possible, don’t let a nagging problem get worse.”

Go on, just ask…

 

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Men’s health week: Bupa’s online health clinic – don’t be shy, just ask away

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If the thought of going to see your doctor and discussing anything health-related leaves you in a cold sweat, dear male readers, get online and take advantage of Bupa’s live free men’s health clinics commencing Monday in support of Men’s Health Week, which runs June 13th-19th and aims to get more men accessing quality health information online. 

The clinic sessions give you the perfect opportunity to ask the health questions you have always wanted to know but may have been too afraid to ask.

Via Bupa’s Facebook and Twitter channels, for two hours each day, Monday to Friday, Bupa’s medical team will be on hand to answer any health questions which are concerning men or their partners, while offering free medical advice and support. Anonymous postings, confidential responses and direct messages are welcomed, so please don’t let bashfulness put you off.

Though each session focuses on a different area of men’s health, questions about ALL aspects of men’s health and wellbeing will be taken by the experts including leading GP’s, dietitians and physiotherapists.

Daily clinic topics and timings are: Monday 13th June – men’s fitness 12-2pm / Tuesday 14th June – men’s sexual health 12-2pm / Wednesday 15th June – men’s nutrition 6-8pm / Thursday 16th June – general men’s health 12-2pm and Friday 17th June men’s mental health 12-2pm.

With Bupa research revealing over a third of men do not do anything to check their health, do use this week to get online and delve into the masses of free expert advice and alleviate all those questions and concerns about your health.

I’d really love to hear your comments and receive the odd retweet too, big thanks if you can help…

Why are men reluctant to talk health?

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As most of my blog content is aimed at women, I thought I’d switch to a male-focused post for today after reading some alarming research by insureblue which supports the Blue Ribbon Foundation to raise awareness of male health issues.

1,000 men aged 18 and over were asked about their views on health and their attitude to seeing healthcare professionals for basic health checks such as blood pressure, measuring weight and cholesterol levels.

The respondents’ reluctant attitude to their health was unveiled in all its glory as:

One in five men admitted they have not seen their doctor in the last three years – 2% confessed they have never seen their GP.

Two-thirds of men surveyed have family history of cancer, stroke and heart disease – yet more than half have not had basic healthcare checks in the last year.

Most worrying reading was centred on what conditions the men surveyed WOULD consult their doctor over. Only 65% said yes if they were experiencing chest pain. Men were not so concerned with breathlessness and blurred vision with only half of respondents admitting they would see their GP if those conditions arose. 

The top condition men would definitely go and see their doctor about (82% confirmed this) was finding blood in urine/semen which is most reassuring to read as this can sometimes be a symptom of prostate cancer.

Surely any unusual symptoms are worth checking out with your doctor? Experts feel it is embarrassment which prevents men going to see their GP – but isn’t peace of mind worth the discomfort factor?

I’d love to hear male viewpoints on this – do you get the jitters at the thought of seeing your doctor? Why is this? And for those men reading who are cool with seeing their doctor and enjoy being health aware, please also share your thoughts too. The more male health chatter the better!