Men’s Health: What You Need to Know

Men's health sometimes takes up a back seat for women's health when it comes to prevention and early detection. However, evidence indicates that men are more likely to smoke and consume alcohol compared with women, and generally lead less balanced lifestyles. Moreover, men are more likely to postpone regular checkups, as well as avoid consulting a health care provider for signs of a health issue.

Many of men's health issues and illnesses may be prevented or treated-if detected early. It is crucial for men to understand their risk factors and how they can boost their overall health in order to start taking better care of their own health.

Men’s Health Issues

Smoking, drinking and over-eating are the three most popular lifestyle patterns leading to men's poor health. Fortunately, certain habits may be changed to avoid or reducing incidences of many of men’s health issues.

With a healthy lifestyle, many of the major health issues faced by men can be prevented: regular exercise, a healthy diet, not smoking, reduced stress and moderate alcohol consumption. Regular check-ups and screening tests can spot disease early, when treatment is easier.

Knowing and understanding the following men's health issues can help you to prevent and treat these proactively.

Respiratory Disease:

This risk is due to occupational hazards like exposure to asbestos, but smoking continues to be the leading cause of cancer of the lung, of emphysema and of other respiratory conditions.

Cardiovascular Disease:

According to studies. Also known as the "silent killer" is heart disease, because it does not present any early symptoms, do not be tempted to think that there is no reason to discuss the issue with your healthcare professional early.


Diabetes presents a unique set of male complications, including lower levels of testosterone that can lead to an increased risk of sexual impotence and depression and anxiety. Untreated diabetes can also cause heart disease, damage to nerves and kidneys and vision problems.

Erectile Dysfunction:

Erectile dysfunction is a common health problem particularly for men with diabetes or prostate problems. There are a number of reasons why men develop erectile dysfunction which can be treated for many of them. Don't give up hope: seek medical advice.

Prostate Cancer:

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer for men and the second leading mortality for men. Typically considered a disease for older men, prostate cancer in younger men can in fact occur. If found early, it is very treatable and supports the case for regular checkups.

Depression and Suicide:

Men suffer from depression differently from women, and often report fatigue and irritability symptoms. Likewise, men are less likely to recognize the condition and seek help.

Alcohol Use:

Alcohol consumption increases the risk of mouth, throat, esophagus, liver and colon cancer. It also interferes in the production of testicular and hormone functions.

To Sum It Up

Understanding the risks to health is one thing. Next step is to reduce your risks. Begin with healthy lifestyle choices. The impact could be bigger than you ever know.

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