Staying healthy is perhaps one of the most important things anyone can do in their life. But for all you men out there, are you aware of the various health conditions you may face during your life? Here’s some ideas on what you can do to stay healthy.
June is Men’s Health Month, and to support the men in our lives, we are helping spread awareness on some of the greatest health concerns that men face and what they can do to help prevent them.
6 TOP HEALTH ISSUES FOR MEN
It’s important to live a healthy life, no matter who you are, but this June, we are supporting Men’s Health Month. We want to help all of the fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, and other men in our lives be aware of the specific health issues that men face and what they can do to help prevent them so that they can live their lives to the fullest.
One of the leading causes of death for men in the United States is heart disease. (1) According to the American Heart Association, more than one in three adult men have some form of heart disease. (2) Heart disease includes a range of conditions; some may experience just one condition while others experience multiple. Some of these heart conditions include coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, congenital heart defects, and heart infection. (3)
Alcohol-Related Deaths & Emergencies
Although drinking is common among both men and women, the CDC states that men are almost twice as likely to binge drink than women and that nearly 59% of men report drinking alcohol in the last 30 days as compared to 47% of women. Men also have a higher rate of alcohol-related hospitalizations and deaths in the United States. (4)
In addition, drinking more than the recommended two drinks or less a day can lead to a variety of other health issues, including cancer, suicide, and infertility. (4, 5)
Accidents and Unintentional Injury
The CDC has listed unintentional accidents and injuries as the third leading cause of death among men in the United States. (6) Such accidents can include traumatic brain injury, drowning, fireworks-related incidents, occupational injuries, and vehicular accidents. (7)
Cancer is no respecter of persons, but the CDC states that men have a higher rate of developing and dying from cancer than women. Some of the most common types of cancer among men are colorectal cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer. There are a variety of risk factors that can contribute to your chances of developing cancer, including a lack of physical activity, poor diet, genetics or family medical history, alcohol and tobacco use, and age. (8, 9, 10)
Cirrhosis is a chronic degenerative disease in the liver where healthy cells become damaged and are replaced by scar tissue. Cirrhosis is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, and it is twice as common in men as it is in women. The leading causes of cirrhosis are long-term alcoholism and chronic liver infections like hepatitis B and C. (11)
If you regularly consume alcohol, especially more than the daily recommended amount, you may be increasing your chances of developing cirrhosis. Other common risk factors include obesity, family medical history, and a deficiency of specific liver or milk-digesting enzymes. (11)
The CDC has found that men have higher percentages of both diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes. (12) The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases also states that more men have prediabetes than women. (13) Diabetes can occur as a result of various different factors. Type 1 diabetes is suspected to be caused by a combination of genetics and environmental factors. Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, however, is strongly linked to being overweight, in addition to other factors. (14)