When it comes to their health, dads de­serve more at­ten­tion than just one day in June. Gail Short­land ex­am­ines all the check-ups we should en­cour­age them to have— and why

Friday - - Health -

ads are no­to­ri­ous for ne­glect­ing their health. They dodge doc­tors just as much as they avoid tak­ing out the garbage. They in­sist ev­ery­thing is fine as long as they’re able to lift the re­mote con­trol. Ev­ery now and then they are struck down by ‘man flu’ or a splin­ter and the level of moan­ing is un­bear­able – but when it comes to their gen­eral health and big­ger prob­lems, they are usu­ally woe­fully re­miss.

Sta­tis­tics re­veal that a third of men in the UAE suf­fer from health prob­lems, mak­ing male re­luc­tance to go to the doc­tor more wor­ry­ing. The lat­est sta­tis­tics for life-ex­pectancy in the UAE is 79 years for women, but just 74 for men. In a coun­try with top med­i­cal care avail­able, this is tragic, es­pe­cially when sim­ple life changes could make a huge dif­fer­ence.

It’s time dads woke up and re­alised we love them and want them to stick around for as long as pos­si­ble.

Aly Ab­dul Razek, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at the Gulf In­ter­na­tional Cancer Cen­tre says: “Men should have a yearly check up, and visit the doc­tor if they have per­sis­tent signs and symp­toms such as an ab­nor­mal swelling or a lump, a per­sis­tent cough, bleed­ing or a non-heal­ing ul­cer.” So this year, let’s use Fa­ther’s Day as a prompt for a gen­eral top-to-toe health check-up. Just like a clas­sic car, even dads need a reg­u­lar road­wor­thy as­sess­ment. Bald­ness is a huge bug­bear for the men in our lives. It might not be life threat­en­ing but it can lead to low self-es­teem and, in ex­treme cases, de­pres­sion. Amin Shey­bani, CEO of Vi­vandi Hair Spa in Dubai (www. hairspa.ae) says hair loss af­fects an es­ti­mated 75 per cent of men. “And given the harsh desert en­vi­ron­ment and de­sali­nated wa­ter in the UAE, these fig­ures are likely to be much higher in Dubai,” Amin re­veals.

Hair loss can be at­trib­uted to a hor­mone called di­hy­drotestos­terone (DHT), which causes the hair to thin un­til the fol­li­cles be­come dys­func­tional and the hair stops grow­ing. Al­though hair loss can af­fect all ages, it’s more ob­vi­ous as men get older.

It seems the stress of fam­ily life could be mak­ing dad thin on top. “Al­though ex­perts don’t know the ex­act process, there is a clear re­la­tion­ship be­tween high lev­els of stress and hair loss,” Amin ad­mits. “Typ­i­cally about 90 per cent of hairs are in the grow­ing stage, and the 10 per cent that are in the rest­ing stage shed. Stress seems to prompt more hairs to go into the rest­ing stage. The good news is that it’s usu­ally tem­po­rary.”

Amin rec­om­mends us­ing a spe­cial hair-care sys­tem, such as Re­vivo­gen, which is a clin­i­cally proven hair loss so­lu­tion that com­bats the prob­lem and stim­u­lates re­growth. There are also shower fil­ters you can buy to re­move po­ten­tially harm­ful chlo­rine from the wa­ter. Or even the iGrow Hair Re­ju­ve­na­tion Sys­tem – a hel­met men can use at home to en­er­gise hair fol­li­cles with low-level laser tech­nol­ogy. It’s very ex­pen­sive but it has been clin­i­cally proven and ap­proved by the US Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion. Car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease is the world’s leading cause of death. In the UAE, it ac­counts for one in four deaths and wor­ry­ingly the aver­age age of a heart at­tack is 20 years ear­lier than the

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