Understanding the Biggest Health Concerns for Men
Men and women have many of the same health concerns when it comes to the leading causes of death among each gender, but men tend to die more frequently and at younger ages from these common conditions. One reason for this is that men are much less likely than women to see a doctor for regular screenings and newly developed symptoms that could point to potentially serious conditions. By recognizing some of the more significant health concerns that men face, men can know when seeing a doctor is important and should not be put on hold.
By a significant margin, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. However, it may be preventable with some knowledge about the factors that lead to heart disease—including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Unfortunately, these indicators can work in silence, so annual screenings are essential to check the numbers. When a condition like high cholesterol is spotted and addressed early, the chances of heart disease go down.
Men over the age of 50 should have a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer, which is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Identifying cancer at the local stage with screening significantly improves the survival rate to 90%.
Men born between 1945 and 1965 should be screened once for hepatitis C, which is a contagious viral infection of the liver that is common among this age group. Anyone who has ever used needles to inject drugs should also be screened
Depression is more common in women, but it should not be overlooked in men. Typically men suffering from depression will not seek psychological care as the problem worsens. Men who are affected by depression may experience a number of related health problems that stem from poor sleep patterns, self-destructive behavior, and dietary changes that are all common with depression.
Men in Las Vegas can find complete medical care and healthy living classes at MountainView Hospital, which provides a full spectrum of hospital services and community programs for better health. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 to explore the ways we can help you boost your health.