Male Health Concerns

If you’re male, you probably felt like Superman until you hit your late 30s. That’s when health issues first started nagging at you. Or when you first heard your friends complain about an achy knee or back. But as you got older, your health concerns began to shift.  “Men in their 50s are more concerned about heart disease or ED (erectile dysfunction). Men in their 60s worry more about prostate cancer and their risk for dementia,” says preventive medicine expert Raul Seballos, MD. “They see some of the health issues their father or brother(s) are going through and wonder what steps they can take to potentially avoid them.” Here are the health problems Dr. Seballos hears about most from male patients, along with tips for screening and prevention: Men: How to Cope With Your 6 Worst Health Fears

Heart Disease:

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active and eat healthy

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Erectile Dysfunction:

Best Options Beyond Medication, Lifestyle Changes

Most men who experience erectile dysfunction (ED) can achieve stimulation through oral medications like Viagra®, Levitra® and Cialis®. Lifestyle changes can also help remedy the problem. They may quit smoking or lose weight, or undergo psychotherapy. While these are the most common methods, they may not work for everyone. For example, male heart patients who take coronary vasodilators (to help open up coronary arteries) should not take medication for ED in the first place because both types of medications lower the blood pressure, and in combination, they lower the blood pressure too much, according to urologist Drogo “Karl” Montague, MD. Fortunately for these men, there are a few other options, each with its own pros and cons. The choice generally comes down to personal preference, he says.  Click here to read more

Prostate cancer and enlargement:

Overall, the number of men with BPH increases progressively with age. By age 60, 50% of men will have some signs of BPH. By age 85, 90% of men will have signs of the condition. About one third of these men will develop symptoms that require treatment.

Does BPH Increase Your Risk of Developing Prostate Cancer?  Based on research to date, the answer is no. However, BPH and prostate cancer have similar symptoms, and a man who has BPH may have undetected cancer at the same time.

Weight management with age:

As your metabolism slows down, it’s more important than ever to right-size your meals and eat smaller portions of healthier food. Exercise also becomes increasingly critical for maintaining flexibility and mobility.

Keeping your waistline trim by eating well and exercising will help you avoid weight-related problems like type 2 diabetes and arthritis.