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4 Top Health Risks For Men

Millions of men die each year from causes that could be prevented. Knowing how to reduce the risks of these killers may help guard you and your loved ones.

Heart Disease

More American men die from heart disease than from any other cause. Heart attacks tend to strike men earlier in life than they do women. The risk of heart attack can be reduced by:

  • Not smoking and limiting exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Getting tested regularly for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes and keeping these conditions under control.
  • Eating a healthy diet of proteins, good carbs & fats and maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Getting adequate exercise of, at least, 30 minutes of physical activity 3 times a week.
  • Drinking alcohol in moderation.
  • Discussing heart disease risks, including family medical history with your primary care physician.

Cancer

An American man has a one in two chance of developing cancer over his lifetime. *Cancer in males is most commonly found in the prostate, lung, colon and rectum. Many of these cancers, especially colon and prostate cancer, can be detected early through regular screening tests (see below)

In addition to going for the necessary screenings, men can help lower their risks of dying from cancer by consuming a healthy diet, not smoking exercising 3 times a week and preventing overexposure to ultraviolet rays.

Stroke

Stroke is more than just the fourth leading cause of death of American men; it is also one of the leading causes of disability. **The same steps that can prevent a heart attack should be followed to reduce the risk of stroke. To minimize the damage caused by a stroke, it is important to know the warning signs, and get help immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms, even temporarily.

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Trouble seeing out of one or both eyes; blurred or double vision.
  • Confusion; trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Loss of balance or coordination, trouble walking or dizziness.
  • A severe headache of unknown cause.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease  (COPD)

COPD, the 4th leading cause of death among men, includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, but not asthma or other obstructive disease. Smoking causes approximately 80 to 90 percent of COPD cases. ***Occupational exposure to certain industrial pollutants also increases the likelihood for COPD, so to prevent the disease; men should not smoke and limit exposure to secondhand smoke and pollutants.

*National Women’s Health Information Center
**American Stroke association
***American Lung Association

Health Screenings

Without regular health care and screenings, men generally do not notice symptoms of many conditions until the disease is advanced. Ask now for the followings:

 

 

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Cholesterol

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Blood sugar

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Blood pressure

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Digital rectal exam

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Fecal occult blood test

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Prostate-specific antigen blood test

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Colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy

 


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