Staying Ahead of the Game – Men’s Health Issues to Watch Out For
“I’m fine, I don’t need to go see a doctor.”
All too often, men don’t make their health a priority. From regular check-ups to following up on common symptoms, men continually lag behind women when it comes to getting the medical care they need. This lack of care not only leads to men being generally less healthy than women, but even contributes to a shorter life expectancy by nearly 5 years, according to the World Health Organization. While nothing can replace periodic check-ups to stay on top of your health, here are some men’s health issues you should be watching for.
Though they may be well-known, men often continue to ignore or brush aside these common health threats. Here are some of the most well-known men’s health concerns that shouldn’t be overlooked any longer:
- Cardiovascular Disease: Chief among familiar dangers to men’s health is cardiovascular disease, with heart attack and stroke being the leading cause of death for men worldwide. Caused by cholesterol plaque build-up blocking arteries in the heart or brain, men often develop cardiovascular problems several years earlier than women. Stay aware of your heart health with regular cholesterol checks.
- Prostate Cancer: While the prostate is only about the size of a walnut, it can cause big problems. In fact, prostate cancer is the second most commonly occurring cancer in men, behind skin cancer. Talk to your doctor to determine your risk, and the best way to monitor yourself.
- Lung Cancer: Smoking may not be as common as it once was, but lung cancer is still the most fatal cancer in men. Tobacco use leads to 90% of all lung cancer cases, and quitting smoking at any age can reduce your risk. If you do smoke, talk to your doctor about beginning the necessary steps to stopping.
Less Familiar Dangers
Men have an unfortunate track record of overlooking many significant health risks. Whether difficult to detect, or simply difficult to talk about, here are some men’s health issues worth your attention:
- Diabetes: Over the years, your blood sugar levels can inch higher and higher, without showing any symptoms. While the results of type-2 diabetes can be severe, there are simple things you can do to help lower your risk, such as weight loss and regular exercise. Talk to your doctor about your risks, and what you can do to reduce your chances of developing diabetes.
- Depression and Suicide: More than just a bad mood, depression can affect your whole body’s health. Depression can impact your sleep, appetite, and energy levels, with some research even suggesting that men with depression are more likely to develop heart disease. The outcome of untreated mental health problems can be tragic, with suicide being the eighth leading cause of death among men. Medications, as well as therapy, can be very effective in treating depression. If you think you might be depressed, talk to your doctor about finding the right help.
Take Control of Your Health
Are you ready to start being proactive when it comes to your health? Contact us today to learn how our team at LeBauer HealthCare can help serve your unique health needs. Find a LeBauer HealthCare office near you today to schedule an appointment, or give us a call at 336-547-1792. We can’t wait to see you!