Do you know the biggest threats to men’s health? Do you know what you can do to reduce the risks and lead a longer and healthier life? June is male health month, which makes it a good time to explore these topics.
Three of the leading causes of death among men in the United States are: heart disease, cancer and stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Other major causes include involuntary injury and chronic diseases of the lower respiratory tract. The good news is that making some lifestyle changes can significantly reduce the risk of these common killers.
Heart disease includes a number of diseases that affect your heart, including blood vessel disease, such as coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems or arrhythmias; congenital heart defects; and heart valve disease.
According to the CDC, the leading causes of cancer death in men in the United States are lung, prostate, and colon and rectal cancer. Treatment for certain cancers can affect your sexuality, causing a number of signs and symptoms that can make it difficult to have sex with your partner.
The risk of stroke is higher for men than for women, and high blood pressure, the leading risk factor for stroke, affects 47% of U.S. men. You may have high blood pressure for years without symptoms. Fortunately, high blood pressure can be easily detected by blood pressure readings. Once you know you have it high blood pressure, you can work with your doctor to monitor it.
Additional health risks for men include depression and excessive alcohol use. There are also specific health issues for gay and trans men.
If you are concerned about your health, it is important to be proactive. Take control by talking to your doctor about your risk factors. Then seriously consider risk reduction.
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