Community Life - Cleburne, TX June/July 2020 - Page 40
Many men do not feel the
need to visit a doctor unless
there is something that is
causing problems that can no longer
be ignored. The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention says men are
33 percent less likely than women to
have visited a doctor within the past
year. By the time men see a physician,
the window of opportunity to screen
for early health problems may already
have passed, and now it becomes
essential to treat complications of a
Men are at a higher risk for certain
health conditions than others. Among
the 15 top causes of death, men
lead women in all of them, except
for Alzheimer’s disease, according to
1. Cardiovascular disease:
The American Heart Association says
more than one in three adult men
have a form of cardiovascular disease.
High blood pressure is a major
concern and stroke affects more than
three million men. Changing one’s
diet, exercising and getting routine
health examinations can go a long way
toward preventing the onset of heart
2. Liver disease: High levels of
alcohol and tobacco use among men
can put them at a risk for diseases of
the liver, such as cirrhosis and alcoholic
liver disease. Globally, cirrhosis
caused more than 1.3 million deaths
in 2017, two-thirds of which were
men. And experts at the Institute for
Health Metrics and Evaluation at the
University of Washington School of
Medicine say hepatitis B and excessive
use of alcohol are notoriously high
in men, contributing to liver issues.
In addition, nonalcoholic fatty liver
disease, which is especially prevalent
among obese individuals, can contribute
3. Respiratory diseases:
COPD and other respiratory conditions
can lead to life-threatening
conditions. The American Lung
Association says more men are now
being diagnosed with lung cancer than
in years past. Smoking remains the
leading cause of lung cancer.
4. Depression: Men can experience
depression and suicidal thoughts.
Researchers at The National Institute
of Mental Health estimate that at
least six million men in the United
States suffer from depressive disorders,
including suicidal thoughts, each year.
Men may exhibit different symptoms
of depression, such as fatigue and irritability,
than women. Although more
women are likely to attempt suicide,
men are more likely to die by suicide.
Anyone who needs help is urged to
call the National Suicide Prevention
Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
5. Unintentional injuries:
Risky behaviors, such as driving recklessly,
can lead to injuries and accidents.
In 2016, unintentional injuries
were the third most common cause
of death in men above the age of 20,
according to the CDC.
Men need to assess their risks for
various medical conditions and take
charge of their personal well-being.
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