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Men’s health: understanding the disparities, and solving them

Ian Peate looks at how primary care could be key to a much-needed men’s health strategy

The health of men incorporates their physical and mental health as well as their social well-being. This article discusses key aspects and challenges in men’s health. Physical concerns include cardiovascular health, cancer prevention and chronic condition management. Mental health issues, for example, depression and anxiety bring with them unique challenges. Social factors include work stress and social isolation that impact men’s well-being. 

Nurses can offer targeted interventions, preventive measures as well as providing accessible healthcare services, these actions are key in improving the health of men. Encouraging healthy lifestyles, reducing stigma and also addressing health inequalities all have the potential to improve overall well-being.

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