Profile of men's health in Malaysia: Problems and challenges

Tong Seng Fah, Wah Yun Low, Chirk Jenn Ng

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Abstract

Men's health concerns have evolved from the traditional andrology and male sexual health to a more holistic approach that encompasses male psychological, social and physical health. The poor state of health in men compared to their female counterparts is well documented. A review of the epidemiological data from Malaysia noted a similar trend in which men die at higher rates in under 1 and above 15 years old groups and most disease categories compared to women. In Malaysia, the main causes of death in men are non-communicable diseases and injuries. Risk factors, such as risk-taking behaviour, smoking and hypertension, are prevalent and amenable to early interventions. Erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and prostate disorders are also prevalent. However, many of these morbidities go unreported and are not diagnosed early; therefore, opportunities for early intervention are missed. This reflects poor health knowledge and inadequate health-care utilisation among Malaysian men. Their health-seeking behaviour has been shown to be strongly influenced by family members and friends. However, more research is needed to identify men's unmet health-care needs and to develop optimal strategies for addressing them. Because the Malaysian population is aging and there is an increase in sedentary lifestyles, optimizing men's health will remain a challenge unless effective measures are implemented. The existing male-unfriendly health-care system and the negative influence of masculinity on men's health behaviour must be addressed. A national men's health policy based on a male-friendly approach to health-care delivery is urgently needed to provide a framework for addressing these challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)526-533
Number of pages8
JournalAsian Journal of Andrology
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011

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Men's Health
Malaysia
Delivery of Health Care
Health
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Premature Ejaculation
Andrology
Sedentary Lifestyle
Masculinity
Reproductive Health
Health Behavior
Erectile Dysfunction
Health Policy
Risk-Taking
Prostate
Cause of Death
Smoking
Psychology
Hypertension
Morbidity

Keywords

  • aging male
  • cause of death
  • epidemiology
  • health promotion
  • Malaysia
  • mens health
  • non communicable diseases
  • risk factors

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  • Urology

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Profile of men's health in Malaysia : Problems and challenges. / Seng Fah, Tong; Low, Wah Yun; Ng, Chirk Jenn.

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