According to the National Center for Health Statistics, as of 2007, females are still outliving men by 5.1 years. Men are more likely than women to die from heart disease, cancer, lung disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. Why? Likely a combination of biological, social, and behavioral factors. Men (and women) are needed for medical research in order to help determine new methods for the prevention, treatment, and cure of these conditions and others. Here are three reasons why men should consider volunteering:
1—Differences in the Sexes
In addition to the obvious physical differences between males and females, there are additional biological and physiological differences which determine “sex”—male or female. For example, the levels and types of hormones men and women have are different. Women have more estrogen and progesterone; men have more testosterone.
There are other physical differences that may not be so apparent. Generally speaking, men have a lower body fat percentage and more muscle tissue mass than women. Men have higher blood pressure but their hearts beat slower. Men have about 5.2 million red blood cells per cubic millimeter of blood compared to 4.6 million in women; but have fewer white blood cells, granulocytes, and B and T lymphocytes. And men produce antibodies at a slower rate than females.
Sex can affect health symptoms, risk factors, and outcomes. Males and females experience higher or lower risks of certain diseases, illnesses, or conditions based on their genetics and their environments; may react and report symptoms differently or seek medical care at different times based on their culture or societal norms; and may respond in various ways to medications or treatments based on a variety of factors from current health status to the rate of their metabolism.
Some diseases and conditions occur only in people of one sex, such as ovarian and prostate cancers. Certain diseases and conditions also are clearly sex related, because they are caused by the same chromosomes that determine sex. Some are just more common in one than the other. And some occur at similar rates, but manifest differently in men and women. Some examples of illnesses and disorders that are male-biased:
• Heart disease
• Cirrhosis and alcoholic liver disease
• Parkinson’s disease
• Skin cancer
• Cancer in general
• Inguinal hernia
3—You are Needed!
Adequate numbers of volunteers in clinical trials are crucial for the discovery of new and improved methods of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment that can improve the health and well being of men everywhere.
Meridien Research is currently conducting studies related to several of the illnesses and conditions mentioned here and others affecting men, including diabetes, Parkinson’s, gout, enlarged prostate, nocturia, low T, adult AHDH and depression. For more information or to see if you or someone you know may qualify to participate, please contact us today at 1-888-777-8839.