It’s important for men to take a proactive approach towards maintaining their health. Eating the wrong foods and following other unhealthy lifestyle habits will increase your risk of disease and illness. So, what are some of the most common health problems in men, and how do you avoid them?
Hypertension, or what’s more commonly known as high blood pressure, is an all-too-common health problem from which men suffer. Statistics show that up to 54% of all men will develop this condition during their life. When hypertension occurs, the excess pressure will stress and damage your arteries and organs, thereby leading to other health problems like heart disease. Follow a well-balanced diet and get plenty of exercise to protect against hypertension.
Characterized by inflammation of the prostate gland, prostatitis is responsible for roughly 8% of all urology visits as well as 1% of all primary doctor visits. This condition occurs when the prostate becomes inflamed – but there’s usually an underlying cause. Bacterial infection, for instance, may cause prostatitis. Talk to your doctor if you experience pelvic pain or pain when urinating to determine whether you are a t risk for this condition.
#3) Heart Disease
Being the leading cause of death in the United States, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that heart disease is a common health problem in men. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 321,000 men in the United States die from it each year. While no method is 100% effective at protecting against heart disease, you can lower your risk by performing aerobic exercises and increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in fish and nuts.
#4) Accidental Injury
Yes, accidental injury is considered a health problem. Although it pales in comparison to heart disease, it’s still something that men should be aware of. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), it’s among the leading causes of death for men. The good news is that accidental injuries can often be avoided by taking the necessary safety precautions.
Influenza (the flu virus) is something that most people will experience at least once in their life. For men, however, it can be even more problematic. Evidence shows that men are susceptible to severe symptoms and complications attributed to respiratory illness, including influenza, than women. There’s even a term used to describe this: man flu. To lower your risk, wash your hands after touching germ-ridden surfaces and include plenty of antioxidants in your diet.