From birth to old age, it is a fact that women are healthier than men. Out of the fifteen leading causes of death, men lead women in all of them except Alzheimer’s disease, which many men don’t live long enough to develop. Although the gender gap is closing, men still die five years earlier than their wives, on average. The main reason for this is men put their health last and go to the doctor less than women. They are also more likely to have a serious condition when they don’t seek men’s internal medicine services in Tempe. Here are the top health threats to men:
Cholesterol plaques gradually block the arteries in the heart and brain. If a plaque becomes unstable, a blood clot forms, blocking the artery and causing a heart attack or stroke.
2. Lung Cancer
It is ugly, aggressive and almost always metastatic. It spreads early, usually before it grows large enough to cause symptoms or even show up on an X-ray. By the time it is found, lung cancer is often advanced and difficult to cure. Less than half of men are alive a year later.
3. Prostate Cancer
A walnut-sized gland behind the penis that secretes fluids important for ejaculation, the prostate is prone to problems as men age. While one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, only one in 35 will die from it.
4. Depression and Suicide
Depression isn’t just a bad mood, a rough patch, or the blues. It’s an emotional disturbance that affects your whole body and overall health. Brain chemicals and stress hormones are out of balance. Sleep, appetite,and energy level are disturbed.
Diabetes usually begins silently, without symptoms. Over years, blood sugar levels elevate, eventually spilling into urine. This results in frequent urination and thirst which is what brings many men to the doctor.
6. Erectile Dysfunction
It may not be life threatening, but it still signals an important health problem. Two-thirds of men older than 70 and up to 39% of 40 year old men have problems with erectile dysfunction. Doctors consider erectile dysfunction an early warning sign of cardiovascular disease.