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5 TOP HEALTH THREATS TO MEN

Guys, watch out for these 5 health issues

  1. Cardiovascular disease
    In cardiovascular disease, cholesterol plaques gradually block the arteries in the heart and brain. If a plaque becomes unstable, a blood clot forms, blocking the artery and causing a heart attack or stroke.

    Prevent cardiovascular disease with these steps
    a. Check your cholesterol from age 25 and every 5 years thereafter
    b. Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
    c. Quit smoking!
    d.Exercise 30 minutes per day, most days
    e. Eat more fruits and veg, and less saturated or transfats

  2. Prostate cancer
    The prostate is a walnut-sized gland behind the penis that secretes fluids important for ejaculation. It’s prone to problems as men age.

    Did you know?
    Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men other than skin cancer

  3. Depression and suicide
    Experts previously thought depression affected far more women than men. But, that may just be men’s tendency to hide depressed feelings, or express them differently than women.

    Three ways depression affects sufferers
    a. Brain chemicals and stress hormones are out of balance.
    b. Sleep, appetite, and energy levels are disturbed.
    c. Research even suggests men with depression are more likely to develop heart disease.

    Most men and women respond well to depression treatment with medications, therapy, or both. If you think you might be depressed, reach out to your doctor or someone close to you, and seek help.

    Did you know?
    Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death among all men; for young men it’s higher.

  4. Diabetes
    Diabetes usually begins without symptoms. Over years, blood sugar levels creep higher, eventually spilling into the urine. Many men finally visit the doctor because of frequent urination and thirst. The high sugar of diabetes is anything but sweet. Excess glucose acts like a slow poison on blood vessels and nerves everywhere in the body.

    Some of the possible effects of diabetes
    Heart attacks
    Stroke
    Blindness
    Kidney failure
    Amputations

    Prevent Type-2 Diabetes
    Eat a healthy diet
    Exercise 30 minutes per day
    Lose weight if you carry extra kilos

    Did you know?
    Just half an hour a day of physical activity reduced the chance of diabetes by more than 50% in men at high risk, found one major study.

  5. Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
    Up to 39% of 40-year-old men have erectile dysfunction
    66% of men older than 70 suffer from ED

    Men with erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, report less enjoyment in life and are more likely to be depressed. Despite the impact it has on their sex lives, ED could also be an early warning sign for ardiovascular disease, and as such, should be taken seriously if experienced frequently. ED is most often caused by therosclerosis – the same process that causes heart attacks and strokes. Having ED frequently means that blood vessels throughout the body are in less-thanperfect health.

    Did you know?
    Treatments make a fulfilling sex life possible despite ED, but they don’t cure the condition. If you have erectile dysfunction, see your doctor, and ask if more than your sex life is at risk.