Whether it’s skiing and snowboardingfalls, or ATV, snowmobile and motorcyclecollisions, men in Alberta consistentlyoutpace women in emergency department visits and hospital admissions forinjuries. Males have consistently higherinjury death rates, too, accounting for69 per cent of all injury deaths.
“Men do have higher rates of injury
and higher rates of hospitalization,” says
Jo-Ann Nelson, manager, Provincial
Injury Prevention, AHS. “But from
a risk management perspective, there
are things that men can do. And from
a parenting perspective, we want males
to be modelling safe behaviour.”
Even the way men socialize may
lead them down the road to risk more
Roxanne LeBlanc, a provincial injuryprevention coordinator with AHS, says:“Men don’t seek help the way womendo. Risk is a part of life and we can’teliminate it all, but there are certainlythings we can all do to manage risk.”
Testosterone is a male sexual hormonethat can be measured in a blood test.
Low testosterone is a treatable medicalproblem. Symptoms can includelow energy, loss of muscle massand strength, and low libido.
“If a woman believes their significant
other might have low testosterone, take
it to the proper channels (by calling
a physician) and have it monitored,”
Jablonski says. “Don’t let him buy a
product from a 1-800 number.”
If a couple can see the doctor together
and hear the same message, everyone
will be on the same page, he adds.
Tom Keenan, a University of Calgaryprofessor who writes a men’s healthcolumn for the Calgary Herald andother Postmedia newspapers, says:“Remember, the brain is the mostimportant sex organ, and there’s somuch that a partner can do to improvethe mental side of life in the bedroom.”
You’ve got male
In the popular television reality show
Survivor, 51-year-old cast memberMichael Skupin injured himself somany times during one season thathe spawned an online injury tracker.
Men’s sexual health:
A hands-on guide
Ladies, a man’s sexual health is a touchysubject.
“No guy likes talking about his peniswhen it doesn’t seem to be workingright,” says Dr. Ted Jablonski, clinicalassociate at the Men’s Sexual HealthClinic, Southern Alberta Institute ofUrology at the Rockyview GeneralHospital.
Even as erectile dysfunction (ED),premature ejaculation and Viagrabecome familiar terms these days,men who need help with their sexualperformance are often reluctant toseek it.
Try “Smart Risk”
Roxanne Leblanc of AHS urgeseveryone to try “Smart Risk”:understand the risks of an activityand make a plan to manage them,following these six steps:•;Look;first•;Wear;the;gear•;Get;trained•;Buckle;up•;Drive;sober•;Seek;help.
For more information on howto prevent risk and injury,visit albertahealthservices.ca/injuryprevention.asp.
It’s not you, it’s me
“Commonly, if a guy has ED, the womanbelieves it’s her issue, and thinks if shewas a better wife or girlfriend or lover,it wouldn’t happen,” says Jablonski.
“That’s usually not the case.” ED (theconsistent inability to get or sustain anerection) is often the result of a guy’sphysical problems with blood vesselsnot working properly.
Viagra is a safe vascular drug thatallows the inner lining of the blood vesselto respond to stimulation, says Jablonski.
It must be prescribed by a physician,preferably after an open discussion.
“Physically, if a guy can shovel snow,he can have sex and take these types ofdrugs,” he says.
Skupin, a self-described risk-takerand thrill-seeker, survived his manymishaps and almost won the game.
Many men aren’t as fortunate.
Injuries are a leading cause ofdeath and hospitalization for adults inAlberta. In 2004, injuries cost Albertans$2.94 billion in direct and indirect costs,according to Alberta Health Services.
There is no definitive answer as towhy men are greater risk-takers thanwomen, leading to more injuries.
One theory is that male physiology,particularly testosterone, makes menmore attuned to frequent risk-taking.
Regardless, statistics tell the tale.