07 Apr You the Man! Overcoming the Top 3 Health Risks for Men
Gentlemen! Today’s article is on three of the top health risks for men: heart disease, cancer, and depression. Here’s how you can help ward them off:
Like I mentioned in my blog on the top three health risks for women, this is the leading cause of death for men and women alike. Heart disease will claim the lives of about one in four people (for both men and women), but about one in three men will develop some form of heart disease during the course of their lifetime. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of all sudden cardiac events that occur, between 70% and 89% occur in men.
There are three key factors that put an individual at higher risk for heart disease: smoking, high blood pressure, and high LDL (or bad) cholesterol. While those are the top three risk factors, there are other factors that can increase your risk, like eating an unhealthy diet, being overweight, having diabetes, and not exercising enough. The good news is that all of these factors are things that you can work on to lower your risk.
This is also the second leading health risk for women, but instead of talking about breast and cervical cancers, we’re talking about lung and prostate cancers.
The CDC explains that lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer in both men and women, and that cigarette smoking is the #1 cause of lung cancer (research shows that cigarettes are linked to over 80% of lung cancer cases). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are one billion smokers globally. Of that one billion, only 200 million are women. In fact, 40% of all men on earth smoke. I know that’s a lot of statistics, so let me sum up: smoking is bad for you, so you should quit now.
As for prostate cancer, it’s the second most common cancer found in men, right after skin cancer. It’s also the third leading cause of cancer deaths for men, behind lung and colorectal cancers. The American Cancer Society estimates that one in seven men will be diagnosed with it at some point in their lifetime. While there isn’t a surefire way to prevent prostate cancer, there are things you can do to help POSSIBLY lower your risk, like exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating your fruits and veggies.
It’s hard to give statistics for this one because most cases are never reported or treated. Most men with depression don’t even realize that they have depression; they just feel “off” and aren’t sure why. Maybe they feel more irritable or tired. They might lose interest in activities they once enjoyed. In more severe cases, depression can interrupt your work, eating habits, and sleep, and at its worst, it can cost you your life. The National Institute of Mental Health tells us that women are more likely to attempt suicide, but men are more likely to die from suicide. If you’re feeling off your game and can’t explain why, talk to your doctor about it. They can help you figure out how to get back to feeling like yourself.
If you have any questions about your health, you can schedule an appointment with me, Dr. Mai Sharaf, by calling 817-617-8650 or by scheduling online at continuumtx.com.