Men's Health Myths: From Viagra Tales to Hair Growth Legends
It is no wonder health myths abound. For example, as a child you may have believed that if you did not wait an hour after eating to go swimming, you would get a stomach cramp and drown. Not true—unless you ate lead. Although, sometimes what sounds like a myth may be true. For example, wearing briefs that are too tight can indeed lower your sperm count, which may affect your fertility.
Myth: Men Do Not Get OsteoporosisFact: While women are more likely to develop osteoporosis than men, the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) reports that many men aged 50 and older may be at risk. It is a sneaky disease because many people do not realize they are losing bone density until a brittle bone fractures. Proportionally, more men than women who have the disease suffer hip fractures, and men are also at a greater risk than women to die within a year after breaking a hip. In addition, NOF says osteoporosis in men is under-diagnosed, under-reported, and inadequately researched. What is known is that age, certain health conditions, medications, and lifestyle habits can speed bone loss. The NOF advocates a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D. This should be coupled with a weight-bearing exercise routine, such as walking, dancing, or playing tennis. The organization cautions against smoking and excessive use of alcohol.