Men who ignore potential health risks aren’t demonstrating their strength or virility; they’re worrying their loved ones and putting their future at risk. Still, men continue to disregard important risks and warning signs.
In fact, studies conducted by the CDC show that men die more often than women in most of the leading causes of death in the United States, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, alcohol and drug abuse, stroke, suicide and accidental death.
It should come as no surprise, then, that women are 33 percent more likely than men to visit their doctor regularly.
In 1920, women’s life expectancy was roughly equal to that of men. Today, women outlive men by about five years.
If you hope to be around to see your children (and grandchildren) through life’s important milestone, it’s time to develop make your health a priority and develop a close relationship with your health care provider. Men face a variety of health risks and challenges but, fortunately, seeing the doctor regularly can help in the early detection of potential problems.
Read on to learn more about some the top health risks American males face today, then call your doctor to schedule a full physical and preventive screening exam.
Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death for both men and women. For men, problems develop earlier in life and tend to be more severe. In fact, one in four men will experience some form of heart disease during this life. Take charge of this risk today by making healthier lifestyle choices and seeing your doctor regularly. Prevention is the most effective way of reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in men and women, but men are also highly susceptible to prostate cancer, colorectal cancer and skin cancer. Fortunately, screening allows for early detection and treatment, which saves lives. To learn more about recommended cancer screening, talk to your doctor or visit the American Cancer Society website today.
The rate of diabetes (particularly Type 2 diabetes) has skyrocketed in the United States, thanks in part to rising rates of obesity and the American propensity for inactivity. In fact, one in three men will face this disease during their lifetime. Men have a greater risk of developing adult-onset diabetes than women due to a difference in body fat distribution. Diabetes is sometimes called “the silent health threat,” because this disease frequently develops without noticeable symptoms. See your doctor today to evaluate your risk.
Depression & Suicide
Depression is an often-ignored – but deadly – male health issue in this country. American men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women, due in large part to undiagnosed (and thus untreated) depression or other mental health issue. Many men are unwilling to discuss mental health, but the risk is real and on the rise. Depression manifests differently in men than in women. Common male symptoms include anger, aggression, risk-taking behavior, job burn-out, midlife crisis and alcohol or substance abuse.
Gentlemen, it’s time to make your health a priority. Talk to your doctor today to learn more about maintaining a healthy mind as well as a healthy body!