Top 6 Health Threats that Men need to be Aware About
6 Health Threats for Men

Top 6 Health Threats that Men need to be Aware About

Life expectancy in males is shorter than that in women. Although this gender gap is slowly closing, yet men go to sleep in their graves at least 5 years earlier than their wives. A renowned general practitioner in London, Dr Mohammad Bakhtiar, says this fact is attributed to many reasons including biology and general approach of men toward their health. It is important to mention here that Dr Bakhtiar possesses years of experience in handling patients and is also the lead clinician at the Medical Express Clinic located on Harley Street in Marylebone.

The observations of the private GP in London mentioned above are echoed in a recent health survey too. According to the survey, conducted by a popular health journal in the UK, the following facts come to light:

  • Men visit doctors less than women.
  • When men go to doctors, they are more likely to have a serious medical condition.
  • Men, in general, are hardly concerned about their health and well being until and unless they are unable to continue with their work or feel themselves unproductive.

But even if you feel strong and healthy inside, a little effort and planning can help you stay that way even longer. The common threats to men’s health are not unknown anymore. Most of those threats are also preventable, provided the necessary steps are taken at the right time.

In the following paragraphs, private medical practitioners highlight a few common health threats for men that claim lives early.

Cardiovascular disease

In medical technology, the condition is called atherosclerosis. It involves hardening of the arteries. Cholesterol plaque buildup in the arteries gradually chokes the passage of blood flow through them. These cholesterol plaques are mostly formed in the arteries to the heart and the brain. A blood clot forms when an unstable plaque blocks the artery leading to a stroke or heart attack.

For reasons still unknown, men develop the condition of atherosclerosis earlier than women yet men’s average age to die from it is 65 while that of women’s is 60.

Tips to reduce the chances of stroke or heart attack

  • You’ve to work harder to reduce the chances of stroke and heart attack.
  • Get your cholesterol checked once in every 5 years.
  • This cholesterol checking is mandatory for everyone from the age 25.
  • If your blood pressure and cholesterol are high, take necessary measures to keep them under control.
  • Just quit smoking.
  • Get involved in some kind of physical activity or the other for at least half an hour every day.
  • Increase the proportion of fresh fruits and crunchy vegetables in your diet replacing processed foods.

Lung cancer

Lung cancer is an ugly and terrible disease. The ailment spreads at a rapid pace even before the early symptoms show up. By the time the disease is diagnosed, a patient reaches advanced stages and eventually, death comes as respite usually within a year.

Smoking is the 90% cause of lung cancer. As smoking rate is steadily falling in the UK, the number of deaths from lung cancer is coming down. But still lung cancer ranks number one terminal disease for men.

As of now no effective screening test for lung cancer is there. The disease is diagnosed through CT scans of the chest. Quitting cigarettes at any age reduces the chance of developing lung cancer. A new range of tools is there in the market – like electronic cigs and vape kits – to help you quit smoking.

Prostate cancer

This is an all-men issue, as women don’t have the prostate gland. The gland is placed behind your penis and is identical to the size of a walnut. It is responsible for secreting the ejaculation fluids. The gland also poses a serious health threat in old age. Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer cases found in men. A London Private GP shares some interesting statistics about the disease.

  • 1 out of every 6 men are likely to develop prostate cancer in his lifetime but only 1 out 35 patients will die from it.
  • Low fatal rate for the disease can be attributed to the fact that the majority of prostate cancer types grow very slow and are unlikely to spread across a wide area.
  • Prostate cancer screening is done with a digital rectal exam and a blood PSA (prostate specific antigen) test.
  • Though relatively harmless, this cancer can make you impotent or incontinence or both.

Mental depression and suicidal tendency

Mental depression is not just a rough patch, blues or a bad mood. It is rather an emotional disturbance that affects one’s entire body as well as overall health. People suffering from mental depression are more likely to develop heart diseases. The following conditions occur when an individual suffers from depression:

  • Both stress hormones and brain chemicals are tossed out of balance.
  • Energy level, appetite and sleep are badly affected.

Depression affects men and women equally but women are more likely to talk about it and seek help as compared to men. The results of depression are tragic for both the genders. Women suffering from depression attempt suicide more often but men are more successful in their attempts to kill themselves.

On the positive side, both men and women respond well to anti-depression treatments and medications. If at any point of time in life you think you’re suffering from depression, talk to your doctor or someone you’re close too. The earlier the treatment starts, the better results one can expect.

Diabetes

Diabetes is called the silent killer because it damages your health without showing symptoms. Slowly over the years the sugar level in the blood keeps rising before it spills in the urine. As a result you start urinating frequently and suffer from constant thirst. These symptoms finally bring many diabetes patients to a doctor.

  • Excess glucose in the blood is nothing but poison for your blood vessels.
  • Gradually, the poison spreads across the nerves and the rest of the body.
  • Kidney failure, blindness, stroke, heart attack and amputation are some of the most common results that diabetes leads to.
  • The problems of overweight and obesity are known to magnify the chances of diabetes.
  • Regular exercise combined with a healthy diet is known to prevent diabetes Type 2.

ED or erectile dysfunction

Though this is not life-threatening, but it is undeniably a serious health issue for men. These days, a significant number of able-bodied men within the age group of 35 to 40 are suffering from it. The fact which is even more alarming is their number is steadily rising.

  • Men suffering from ED are more likely to fall prey to mental depression.
  • One of the major causes behind ED is atherosclerosis – the same condition which leads to stroke and heart attack.
  • According to doctors associated with a private GP practice in London, frequently occurring spells of erectile dysfunction indicate your blood vessels are not in perfect condition and you must get medical intervention immediately.
  • ED also provides an early sign to cardiovascular diseases.

These days, treatments for erectile dysfunction are easily accessible. But most of these treatments are meant to facilitate fulfilling sex life of the patients and not curing the medical condition. Therefore, if you’re suffering from erectile dysfunction, be cautious in selecting the appropriate treatment.