Men put off seeking health advice in Dublin

by Gazette Reporter

LloydsPharmacy Research Reveals 42% of Men Have Put Off Seeking Advice on Health Concerns

As Men’s Health Week approaches on June 14,  a call has been made for men in Dublin to make their health a priority and visit a health professional as soon as they have a concern. 

Research conducted by iReach on behalf of LloydsPharmacy shows that more than four in every 10 men surveyed have put off seeking advice on health concerns and 41 per cent of those men have done so out of fear of finding out what’s wrong, compared to just 27 per cent of women. As early intervention is crucial with health concerns, LloydsPharmacy want to encourage men to prioritise visiting their local pharmacist or GP when health concerns arise.

Despite listing weight, stress, blood pressure and depression as key health issues, almost half of men surveyed say they are not likely to reach out to their GP or health professional if they have a health concern. Research by Men’s Health Forum Ireland shows men die, on average, up to four years younger than women, and have higher death rates than women for most of the leading causes of death.

The main causes of death for men in Ireland are cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and respiratory illnesses, however up to 80 per cent of all heart disease is preventable through lifestyle changes and adjusting the risk factors associated with heart disease.

Those who have put off seeking advice on health concerns have done so because of cost but the LloydsPharmacy Men’s Health Check Service is a free service available in all 90 pharmacies nationwide. The service is available for those with concerns in heart disease, erectile dysfunction (ED), diabetes, asthma, smoking cessation, sexual health, hair loss and skin conditions.

 All 89 pharmacies nationwide have a private care room where patients can have a one to one consultation with the Pharmacist about any of these issues or get a free blood pressure or BMI check. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and regular monitoring with free checks in a local LloydsPharmacy store can help detect any problems early.  

Comedian and campaign ambassador PJ Gallagher said,:“We all know how important our health is, especially given the last year, but many men are still struggling to open up about their health. I know what it’s like to open-up about your health and ask for help. It can be hard, but the benefits far outweigh any of the embarrassment or fear that might be causing men to delay seeking help. This Men’s Health Week, along with LloydsPharmacy, I’m calling on men to make their health a priority.”

The European Association of Urology state there is a high incidence of erectile dysfunction worldwide with one study reporting 52 per cent of men aged 40-70 have experienced erectile dysfunction and another showed one in four had never heard of any of the seven most common treatments for ED.Viagra Connect is now sold over the counter in all LloydsPharmacy stores without a prescription. 

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