249. Don’t Be Too Macho for Your Own Good

Men typically suffer more serious illnesses and die at a younger age than women. You wouldn’t know it by looking at the average doctor’s waiting room, though. Men don’t report as many symptoms as women do, and they let a problem go further before they seek medical help.

If you have a tendency to ignore or downplay physical or emotional problems, or exhibit other kinds of self-destructive, “macho” behavior, make a conscious effort to change. Here’s how:

  1. Pay attention to pain and discomfort. If you’re sick or injured, see a doctor.

  2. Take safety precautions at work, home, or when you drive. (See chapter 14, Be Smart, Be Safe.)

  3. Balance work and play.

  4. Don’t stifle feelings of compassion and sensitivity.

  5. Learn to express your feelings without losing your temper.

  6. Don’t feel compelled to compete all the time.

  7. If you experience emotional problems, consult a professional counselor.

Chapter 10
  1. Men’s Health Problems