Men’s health threats and strategies for healthier lives
Do you know the biggest threats to men’s health? Do you know what you can do to lower your risk and lead a longer, healthier life? June is Men’s Health Month, which makes it a good time to explore these topics.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), three of the leading causes of death for men in the United States are heart disease, cancer, and stroke. The other main causes include unintentional injuries and chronic diseases of the lower respiratory tract. The good news is that a few lifestyle changes can dramatically lower your risk of these common killers.
Heart disease encompasses a range of conditions that affect your heart, including diseases of the blood vessels, such as coronary heart disease; heart rhythm problems or arrhythmias; congenital heart defects; and heart valve disease.
The leading causes of cancer death in men in the United States are lung cancer, prostate cancer, and colon and rectal cancers, according to the CDC. Treatment for some cancers can affect your sexuality, causing a series of signs and symptoms that can make sex with your partner more difficult.
The risk of stroke is higher in men than in women, and high blood pressure – the main risk factor for stroke – affects 47% of men in the United States. You can have high blood pressure for years without any symptoms. Fortunately, high blood pressure can be easily detected through blood pressure readings. Once you know you have high blood pressure, you can work with your health care provider to get it under control.
Additional risks to men’s health include depression and heavy drinking. There are also specific health issues for gay and trans men.
If you’re worried about your health, it’s important to be proactive. Take control by talking to your healthcare provider about your risk factors. Then take your risk reduction seriously.
Here’s what you need to know to live longer, healthier lives.