While aging affects everyone differently, there is no point in denying this inevitable fact of life.
For many women, aging is something that is discussed with relative frequency. But for men, the process is often overlooked or left unconsidered in larger circles. Nevertheless, aging can be just as frightening and confusing for men as it can for women.
That’s why Renewed Vitality is stepping up to plate in order to discuss four key things that many men wish their partners knew about the male aging experience.
The Common Medical Risks
As with anyone, regardless of sex, the natural aging process can take a toll on a person;s health and physical fitness.
For men especially, the risk of chronic diseases and other medical conditions such as colorectal, lung, and prostate cancers, hepatitis, and aging male syndrome —which is characterized by a decline in testosterone and may manifest in weight gain, difficulty sleeping, less interest in sex, general irritability, depression, and loss of bone, muscle, and hair tissues.
These conditions are not guaranteed to happen by any means, but they can be quite frightening and will require a good amount of love and support to cope with should they occur.
The Truth About Fertility Changes
There is actually quite a mix of truth and myth surrounding male reproductive health as they age. For this reason. It’s important to discuss the changes that do occur in a direct manner.
In a process known as sclerosis, the tubes that carry sperm can lose elasticity. While the testes will continue to produce sperm, the rate at which this occurs may decrease. In addition, the epididymis, seminal vesicles, and prostate gland can also lose some surface cells.
Nevertheless, this system can and will continue to produce sperm, and it is still possible for a man to further children well into his older years.
How It Can Affect Self-Esteem
Aging isn’t easy for anyone, but for many, societal expectations and years of conditioning have made it seem as though men are somehow weaker for wishing to express their emotions and discuss heavier topics.
While machismo and the appearance of strength are important traits for many, men do still have feelings and certain insecurities when it comes to self-esteem. For this reason, it’s important to stay open-minded, compassionate, and empathetic if the man in your life begins to feel a bit down as a result of the natural aging process.
The Best Ways to Stay Healthy as We Age
While the aging process can be intimidating, the good news is, there are a number of positive ways that men and their partners can ensure better health as they age.
Keeping up with annual physicals and medical screening, as well as adhering to a well-balanced diet and regular exercise, are some of the best ways to have a little more control over your aging process.
Focusing on increased awareness, prevention, education, and family support can allow men to enjoy better health as they age and wake up each morning with a little more positivity.
If the effects of aging seem too daunting to deal with, don’t worry! Renewed Vitality offers multiple resources and ways to help! To discuss your concerns and questions in greater detail, feel free to contact us today. We’re always ready and willing to talk.