Did you know the top five health risks for men include stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, prostate cancer and suicide?
So let’s look at these individually.
Stroke is the third leading killer; 1.25 times greater in men than in women. Symptoms to watch for include weakness or numbness in arms, face or legs, loss of balance, speech or vision. Risk factors: age, gender, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and lack of exercise. What can you do to reduce the risks? Improve your diet, exercise and don’t smoke.
Heart disease symptoms are shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, numbness and extreme fatigue. Risk factors include age, gender, heredity, high blood pressure, obesity and lack of exercise. What can you do to reduce the risks? Improve your lifestyle, diet and exercise.
Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of men. The symptoms to be aware of are a persistent cough, coughing up blood, chest pain while breathing, coughing when laughing, shortness of breath and wheezing. Risk factors come from smoking, second-hand smoke, exposure to asbestos or radon and air pollution. What can you do to reduce your odds? Stop smoking, reduce stress, manage your weight, exercise, eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and limit your alcohol.
Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer found in men. It’s the second leading type of cancer in men, with 30% of prostate cancer occurring in men over the age of 65. Symptoms are trouble urinating, blood in semen, discomfort in the pelvic area and erectile dysfunction. The risks include age, nationality, heredity and high fat diet. What can you do to protect yourself? Get a PSA blood test (Prostate Specific Antigen), digital rectal exams annually for healthy men at age 50, but if you have history or concerns, sooner is recommended.
Suicide. Men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women. Symptoms to watch for are anger, work burnout, midlife crisis and substance abuse. Risk factors are drug and alcohol abuse, divorce, unemployment and guilt. Things you can do to reduce the chances of suicide – reach out for help and support, find a purpose and focus on a healthy lifestyle with physical activity.
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Sharon Smith with Body and Skin Health – Your Health & Wellness Coach.
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