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Friday, February 6, 2015

¿COULD WE JUST BE HEALTHY?

By many accounts, we gay men are a pretty unhealthy bunch. We are much more likely to smoke than our heterosexual brothers, tend to drink more (and more often) and are many times more likely to take drugs. Pretty much the only measure where we tend to be healthier than straight men is that we’re less likely to be obese, but then we negate that by having such a poor body image that we’ve redefined anyone who doesn’t have perfect washboard abs as being ‘gay fat’. And then there’s the whole sex thing.

Your average gay man will have more sexual partners than our heterosexual brothers. It’s not all that uncommon for a gay man to have more sexual partners in a year than a straight man does in a lifetime. Some of us may even hit that target in a long weekend. And with this higher number of sexual partners comes a greater likelihood of picking up an STI. The perception of gay men as irresponsible, sex-obsessed party boys is never far below the surface, it’s a lifestyle choice.

And that’s what it’s down to, isn’t it? I’m conscious that every day I make choices that have a health impact. Sometimes I make unhealthy choices (cookies here and burger there). Increasingly, as I get older, I make healthier choices. It’s the choices that we all make, whether that’s to exercise, consider what we eat, or to drink and take drugs, that will impact on our health and our longevity.

So I urge everyone to make healthy choices in life. It doesn’t mean that I’m blind to how difficult it is to see beyond the next ten or fifteen years of your life. I’m all too aware that when you’re twenty you think that nothing can harm you, that when you’re thirty you probably think that forty is as old as you want to get. Believe me, I’ve been there. It’s a tough lesson to learn but the choices that you make now will have an impact on how long you live and on your quality of life.

8 comments:

  1. Now I have an idea why so many people, over the years, thought I was gay. Exercise, lots of it. Proper diet. Nearly maniacal about good health. Impeccable grooming. The list goes on. I follow your blog and a few others to keep up with the gay culture. My son's gay. We;re close but, I'm sure there are things he'd rather not tell me. Thank you for what you do here.

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    1. WOW your son has an AH-MAZING dad, thank you for being you

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  2. Guess I've just been fortunate! Now in my old age, I have a very good doctor (Yes! He's gay!) who keeps me on the right path with my diet and exercise. He tells me that, for my age, I am in very good form! I'll 81 in a few months time. Thanks for your visits and comments, Patrick

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    1. I want a gay doctor, may I use yours?

      You are VERY welcome, I LOVE YOU & YOUR BLOG

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  3. I think it is very important to be aware of the choices and risks our choices make. Frankly I have no regrets. All my choices have been informed. I don't smoke, or do drugs. I practiced safe sex until I was in a monogamous relationship. Knowledge is power. The problem is many things is that education in safety is something that is very lax in gay people. Most sex ed is all about het sex. I am glad my province is actually taking the step to include oral and anal sex in our sex-ed programs. Hopefully helping gay youth of today making more informed and knowledgeable choices.

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    1. VERY aware my friend.

      Miss you in these parts :-)

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  4. Everything you said is totally true. Very good post!
    And......no, I am not quitting blogging,

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    1. thank you & I am SO happy to hear that you sticking around :)

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