All human beings are susceptible to diseases. Men are no exception to them. Research shows that men don’t go to the doctors regularly. Men tend to ignore their health as long as they are productive and don’t feel any pain. One must start to take care of health as early as possible. Many diseases creep up suddenly. One must on constant look out for symptoms of any diseases. Read on for more information on major health problems in men.
Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD)
CVD is the leading cause of death in men worldwide. Cardio Vascular is a disease caused due to decrease or complete blockage of blood to the heart or brain. The reduced blood flow to the heart can be caused by a blood clot (thrombosis) or fatty acids deposits inside an artery. Cholesterol plaques or fatty acid deposits gradually become a clot and blocks blood supply to heart and brain. Men’s arteries develop atherosclerosis before women. High blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, lack of exercise, obesity, high blood cholesterol, poor diet, stress and excessive alcohol consumption are some of the causes of CVD. 11% of people between 20-40, 37% of people between 40-60 and 71% of people between 60-80 suffer from CVD.
Since we know what the causes are let’s find out what preventive measures you can take.
- Your diet should include high fibres like whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. Make healthy choices not because you have to but because you want to.
- Stop smoking. Also stop second hand smoke.
- Tobacco is the worst enemy of healthy lifestyle. You should quit tobacco in any form.
- Being overweight causes a decrease in blood flow to heart and brain. This can eventually cause a heart disease.
- Stress plays a major contributing factor in CVD. There are several ways of de-stressing. Meditation and physical exercises are very common choices. If you are not into them, try pursuing a hobby.
- Exercising is the best way to get your blood flowing. It isn’t “cardio” for nothing. Yoga, pilates, aerobics, boot camps, high intensity interval training, etc. are forms of exercises you can try. if you are beginner start by some stretches and walks or jogs.
Diabetes begins without any symptoms. Initial stages hardly show any symptoms. Blood sugar levels increase gradually over the years, and creep into urine. there two types of diabetes.
Type 1: This type of diabetes occurs when your body stops producing insulin. This type of diabetes often develops in early adulthood or teenage years. Causes of Type 1 diabetes are very unclear. genetic disorder and combination of other factors is said to be cause of Type 1 diabetes.
Patients of Type 1 diabetes need to take regular insulin injections for the rest of their life. They are also required to maintain blood sugar levels. These patients have take regular blood tests, adequate exercise and maintain a special diet.
Type 2: When your body reduces insulin production.
Being overweight is the major cause of Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes can be kept in control by oral medications, being physically active and maintain healthy diet.
Lung Cancer is a fatal disease as it cannot be detected in its initial stages. this metastatic cancer spreads quickly and is detected only in its advanced stages, when it is too late for the patient to recover.
Symptoms of Lung Cancer are cough, coughing up blood or red phlegm, fatigue, sudden weight loss, infections in respiration, hoarseness, trouble breathing, and new wheezing.
You may ask what measures you can take to prevent this from happening. Well, there are not much but one. Quit smoking, If you are existing smoker and never smoke if you haven’t. Tobacco is the cause for lung cancer in 90% of the patients. Quitting smoking will reduce your risk of lung cancer. Ditching this habit is quite tough, there are various tools to help smokers. Take your doctor’s advice.
Prostate gland is a gland in the male reproductive system, which exists right under the bladder, in front of the rectum.
After skin cancer Prostate cancer is the second common cancer in men. In US alone, 209,970 men are detected with prostate cancer every year.
This type of cancer does not show any early signs. Men in advanced stages experience heavy or weaker urine flow. In some severe cases blood may occur in urine or semen.
Prostate cancer is not fatal in most cases. Prostate cancer grows very slowly, most men die of old age without knowing they suffered from prostate cancer. It is in the post mortem report that the doctors find out about prostate cancer. You need to get the infamous rectal exam and blood test for Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA).
We hope this article was informative. If you think we missed any disease or include some in our list do let us know in the comment section below.