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Top Health Risks Among Men

Your health may not be the first thing on your mind. Maybe your job or your children occupy that space. However, lack of awareness, health education, and an unhealthy lifestyle can be detrimental to your quality of life. Men’s health has been deteriorating steadily over the past years. We have listed the top health risks among men to help you become more aware. But just because these are common, it doesn’t mean you are prone to them. By making some lifestyle changes, you can reduce the threat of these conditions.

Heart Disease

More than one in three adult men have some form of cardiovascular disease. Strokes are also very common. Around 3 million men experience a stroke each year, and high blood pressure is common among men that are 45 years and under. Hypertension is also occurring more frequently. Get regular checkups, so your blood pressure and cholesterol are monitored. This will help ensure that your heart keeps beating regularly. 

Alcohol Use

Although alcohol is present in many social settings, its consumption is a health risk. It increases your risk of mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon cancer. Alcohol consumption can also affect your hormone production and testicular function. This can result in infertility and impotence.

Men binge drink twice as much as women, and they face higher rates of alcohol-related deaths and hospitalizations than women do. Too much alcohol can also increase your blood pressure, which puts you at risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Prostate Cancer

This is the most common type of cancer in men, as well as the second leading cancer death among them. This can occur at any age, despite the common belief that it’s only present among older men. However, prostate cancer is treatable if it is found early.

Respiratory Disease 

Lung cancer and emphysema are types of respiratory diseases. Each year, more men are diagnosed with lung cancer than the year prior. Smoking is the leading cause. It starts off as the “smoker’s cough,” but then leads to life-threatening conditions over the years.


Apart from restricting your diet, diabetes can have many negative effects in your life, especially  if it’s left untreated. Diabetes can lead to nerve and kidney damage, vision problems or blindness, heart disease and strokes, and even lower testosterone levels and sexual impotence. A healthy diet paired with exercise and continuously monitoring your blood sugar levels will help prevent these added complications.

Preventive Measures

Better lifestyle choices go a long way. If you choose to keep drinking, do it in moderation. Ask your doctor to help you quit smoking. It is a very destructive habit and can affect your breathing. Maintain a healthy weight by exercising regularly. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. This will lower your risk of heart disease. And finally, get regular checkups from your doctor. There is no better way to monitor your health risks than with the help and knowledge of a professional.

Primary Care at MD365®

Our family physicians offer comprehensive care and treatment for a variety of conditions. We will review your medical and family history to better determine what your health risks are, and create a plan to help prevent them from occurring. Our dedicated team of family physicians will manage all of your healthcare needs. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment. You can entrust us with your health.



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