At The Colony ER, the health of our community is our top priority. For Men’s Health Awareness Month, we’re discussing common diseases that affect men more than women. Keep reading to learn more.
While both men and women have heart disease, men are more likely to develop this disease. In fact, men also have more severe heart attacks, which are often fatal. This may be due to a few factors, like biology and social norms. Men are more likely to carry excess fat in their abdominal region, while women tend to carry more fat in their lower halves. Excess abdominal fat is commonly linked to heart disease.
Heart disease is a largely preventable disease, though, and it’s never too late to start improving your health by stopping certain habits. Drinking excessively and eating red meats high in saturated fats has been shown to raise the risk of developing heart disease. Try limiting alcoholic drinks to special occasions and red meats to a weekly indulgence. Meats like chicken and certain fishes pack just as much protein, but considerably less fat.
While prostate and testicular cancer will affect thousands of men every year, these cancers generally have excellent prognoses, fortunately. It’s important to remember that although prostate cancer mostly affects senior adult men, over the age of 60, testicular cancer affects largely young adults, aged 20-34.
You may experience these symptoms with testicular cancer.
• Lower back pain
• Testicle tenderness, redness or swelling
• A lump, which may feel as small as a pea
• Swollen lymph nodes
• Weight loss
Prostate cancer may present with the following symptoms.
• Frequent urination
• Pain when urinating
• Blood in urine
• Sudden onset of erectile dysfunction
• Discomfort when sitting
Speak with your general physician to determine your personal risk.
Men are more likely to develop liver disease than women. Liver disease, which occurs when the liver is exposed to toxins, like alcohol or an infection, over an extended period of time, can be reversible. If symptoms are ignored and no changes are made, liver disease will progress to end-stage liver disease. End-stage liver disease is fatal unless a liver transplant is performed.
If liver disease is caused by excessive alcohol consumption, you can improve your health and even reverse this disease but cutting out alcohol completely.
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